David of the White Rock

Poet:  N/A

Source:  Eight Folksong Arrangements

Date of Composition:  1976 (Apr. – Jun.)

Publication: Eight Folksong Arrangements

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  The end of a life. (Welsh)

Range:  C4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  F4 – C5

Tempo: [Slow]; 3/4           

Duration:  02:09

Vocal Characteristics: Flowing eighth notes; ascending octave leaps; unexpected chromatic alterations;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Repetitive quarter note chords; counter melody running between hands; chromatic alterations

Additional Comments: For harp and voice; transcribed for piano by Colin Matthews in Benjamin Britten: Complete Folksong Arrangements. *Melody by David Owen and English words by Thomas Oliphant, from Hullah's The song book (Macmillan, 1866), no. 247. Welsh words by John Ceiriog Hughes and (second verse) Osian Ellis.

*From the Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1177

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