Poet:  Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891)

Source:  Les Illuminations

Date of Composition:  1939 (Jul. 6)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1944

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject: A peasant couple plays royalty for a day.

Range:  D#4 – F#5

Tessitura:  B4 – E5

Tempo: Allegro maestoso; 2/2

Duration:  01:38

Vocal Characteristics: Catchy melody; descending, short phrases; unexpected rhythmic motives

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Majestic, sharp, dotted rythms with repetitive octave triplets at times; chordal moments; 

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