The Last Rose of Summer

Poet:  Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Source:  Volume 4: Moore’s Irish Melodies

Date of Composition:  1957

Publication: Boosey & Co., Ltd., 1960

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  The comfort of letting go in late years

Range:  Eb4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  Eb4 – Eb5

Tempo: Very freely; 3/4

Duration:  03:27

Vocal Characteristics: Long phrases; high, long tones at the end of phrases; lack of rhythmic motion in accompaniment; significant alterations to the commonly known melody

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Free sextuplet/septuplet rolled chords; right hand chords with left hand off-beats in octaves; the off-beats become syncopated triplet figures

Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog

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