The Children

Poet:  William Soutar (1898-1943)

Source:  Who Are These Children?

Date of Composition:  1969 (Spring-Summer)

Publication: Faber Music, 1972

Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject:  After war, the weather clears, but the children’s blood stains the earth.

Range:  B3 – Ab5

Tessitura:  F4 – E5

Tempo: Very Slow; 2/4

Duration:  03:50

Vocal Characteristics: Requires independence of pitch and rhythm; leaps at the ends of phrases to high soft tones; three straight entrances on G5 which descend;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Ethereal, haunting, quarter note thirds with passing-tone grace notes ahead of beat; moving eighth note intervals and chords; tremolo sections; a section of high rhythmic complextity

Additional Comments: Meter changes; Britten Thematic Catalog

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013