Sonetto XXXI (A che più debbio)

Poet:  Michelangelo Buonarroti

Source:  Michelangleo Sonnets

Date of Composition:  1940 (Mar. 15)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1943*

Voice Difficulty Level:  Moderately Difficult

Subject:  I will give in to the pain to find happiness.

Range:  E4 – A5

Tessitura:  Ab4 – E5

Tempo: Con moto appassionato; Cut-time

Duration:  01:12

Vocal Characteristics: Mostly descending lines; a few sustained notes above the staff with dynamic contrasts; some chromaticism; double-dotted quarter/sixteenth rhythms throughout; syllabic

Piano Difficulty Level: Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics:  Rhythmic syncopation between right and left hand remains consistent throughout; varying rhythmic gestures between hands

Additional Comments: Front matter indicates “Set to music for tenor voice and piano;” *Boosey score contains translations by Pears and Elizabeth Mayer

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