Fish in the unruffled lakes

Poet:  Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973)

Source:  Fish in the Unruffled Lakes

Date of Composition:  1938 (15-16 Jan.); Rev. 1942-43

Publication: Fish in the Unruffled Lakes, Boosey & Hawkes, 1997

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  The animals act, we humans think, but last night love was given.

Range:  C#4 – A#5

Tessitura:  F#4 – D#5

Tempo: Allegretto, poco mosso; 3/4

Duration:  02:16

Vocal Characteristics: Sustained notes followed by moving passages that vary in direction; low wordy phrases; jumpy, angular melody; final phrase inclusive of melismatic passage containing triadic and quartal leaps

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Alternating right and left hand sixteenth notes in skip-wise motion

Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog

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