Funeral Blues

Poet:  Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973)

Source:  Cabaret Songs

Date of Composition:  1937 (17 Jun.)

Publication: Cabaret Songs; Faber Music 1980

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

 Subject:  My love is dead.

Range:  C4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  C4 – F4

Tempo: no tempo indication; C

Duration:  01:39

 Vocal Characteristics: Half-step motion; distinction between D and Db requires a good ear; One very high-lying phrase could make this piece moderately difficult

 Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

 Accompaniment Characteristics: Three staves at times; chordal throughout; quintuplet and sextuplet rhythms; chromaticism throughout

 Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog

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