Underneath the abject willow

Poet: Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973)

Source:  Fish in the Unruffled Lakes

Date of Composition:  1941

Publication: Fish in the Unruffled Lakes

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

 Subject:  Lover do not be sad; instead take action.

Range:  Ab3 – B5 (A3 – B5)

Tessitura:  G4 – E5

Tempo: Vivace; 2/4

Duration:  01:38

 Vocal Characteristics: Turning sixteenth motive that repeats but with pattern variation; octave leaps at conclusions of sections;

 Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

 Accompaniment Characteristics: Heavily syncopated chordal patterns; octave grace note section; running sixteenth notes into an alternating hands sixteenth section

 Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC886

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013