The Holly and the Ivy

Collector:  Cecil Sharp

Source:  Traditional

Date of Composition: 1957 (pre-July)

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

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  A picture of the birth of Christ.

Range:  E4 – F#5

Tessitura:  A4 – C#5

Tempo: [Flowing]/ 3/4

Duration:  01:48

Vocal Characteristics: Familiar melody, with some rhythmic alterations

Piano Difficulty Level: Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Quarter note movement in the inside voices, eighth note movement in the top voice, which becomes dotted quarter/sixteenth rhythms, then triplets; texture becomes more dense as song progresses

Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013