The Crocodile

Collector:  L. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller Maitland

Source:  English Country Songs

Date of Composition: 1941 (pre-Dec. 14)

Publication: Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements, Benjamin Britten: Complete Folk Song Arrangements, Boosey & Hawkes 2001

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  A tall tale of a man who lived in a crocodile.

Range:  B3 – G#5 (C4 – G#5)

Tessitura: E4 – D5

Tempo: Presto; 2/2

Duration:  05:43

Vocal Characteristics: A long story; character song; free sections followed by “tra, la, la” sections;

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Jumps around keyboard; accompanied recitative-like sections; very quick quarter notes; some trills and rolled chords; chromatic alterations

Additional Comments: Multiple ascending key changes from verse to verse

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