As it is, Plenty

Poet:  Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973)

Source:  On This Island

Date of Composition:  1937 (Oct. 9)

Publication:  Boosey & Hawkes, 1938

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject: No matter what happens, you’ll have enough.

Range: D4 – G5

Tessitura:  E4 – E5

Tempo: Allegretto ritmico – non troppo presto; 2/2

Duration:  01:44

Vocal Characteristics: Inconsistent phrase structure with sixteenth pick-up entrances; dotted eighth/sixteenth rhythms throughout; sustained F#5

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Chromatic steady rhythmic pulse with close chord clusters; unison double handed passages; ascending octaves between hands; glissando (on white notes)

Additional Comments: mm. 23, the poco animando is not in the manuscript; 

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