Poet:  Henry Constable (1562-1613)

Source: single song

Date of Composition:  1929 (4 Sept.)

Publication: manuscript; not available for performance

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  Love song to Diaphenia

Range:  D#3 – F#4 (opt. A4)

Tessitura:  F#3 – C#4

Tempo:  Moderato con animando (Allegretto in faircopy); 4/4

Duration:  02:25

Vocal Characteristics:  Phrases rise and fall; requires pitch independence; rubato; approachable, text-based melody; some chromaticism; opt. A4 is indicated pp

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Chordal; some treble clef arpeggiation

Additional Comments:  Britten indicates the piece was written for tenor; modified strophic poetic form.  According to correspondence between the authors and the Britten-Pears Foundation this manuscript is in preparation for publication.

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013