Chamber Music (V)

Poet:  James Joyce (1882-1941)

Source:  single song

Date of Composition:  1930 (3 Aug.)

Publication: manuscript; not available for performance

Vocal Difficulty Level:  Moderately Easy

Subject:  I hear my love singing outside my window           

Range:  G4 – F5

Tessitura: G4 – D5

TempoAllegretto quasi recit.; 3/4

Duration:  00:45 

Vocal Characteristics:  Very rubato; marked sempre un poco ad. lib; shifting duple and triple rhythms within the measure

Piano Difficulty Level: Easy

Accompaniment Characteristics:  Recitative-like accompaniment; a few espressivo passages with rising eighth-note rhythms

Additional Comments: Britten indicates “for soprano (or tenor);” quite a few meter changes

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