The False Knight upon the Road

Poet:  N/A

Source:  Eight Folksong Arrangements

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

Publication: Eight Folksong Arrangements

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

 Subject:  A child is keenly aware of a false knight.

Range:  B3 – E5

Tessitura:  E4 – B4

Tempo: no indication; 3/4           

Duration:  03:30

Vocal Characteristics: Uneven phrase length; characters; resolves in an unexpected manner;

 Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

 Accompaniment Characteristics: Octaves between hands; descending lines; running sixteenths in right hand with quarter notes in the left hand; rhythmically incongruent

 Additional Comments: For harp and voice; transcribed for piano by Colin Matthews in Benjamin Britten: Complete Folksong Arrangements.  *Words and melody from English folk songs from the southern Appalachians, collected by Cecil Sharp, ed. Maud Karpeles, 2nd ed. (OUP, 1932)

*From the Britten Thematic Catalog

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