The Old Lute

Poet:  Po Chü-i (772-846)

Source:  Songs from the Chinese

Date of Composition:  1957 (Autumn)

Publication: Songs from the Chinese, Boosey & Hawkes 1959

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  A story of the neglected lute. (Filled with deeper meaning.)

Range: E4 – G5

Tessitura:  G#4 – D#5

Tempo:  Slow and remote; 3/4

Duration:  02:08

Vocal Characteristics: Independent, sensitive melody; syllabic stream of thought line; pseudo recitative-like

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Additional Comments: Manuscript does not have the numerical marking of tempo or “Slow and remote;” manuscript also lacks voice indication “always p and parlando;”

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013