Early One Morning

Poet: Traditional

Source:  Volume V: British Isles

Date of Composition:  1957 (pre Apr. 23)

Publication: Boosey & Co., Ltd., 1961

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Easy

Subject:  An overhearing of a young maiden's sorrow.

Range:  Db4 – Gb5

Tessitura:  Gb4 – Db5

Tempo: Gently flowing; 2/4

Duration:  02:16

Vocal Characteristics: Familiar melody with ascending skips and descending linear passages; multiple verses

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Opening and closing section contain half-note chords with simple melody in right hand; middle sections contain eighth notes in both hands in contrasting motion with syncopation in the right hand

Additional Comments: *Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1073

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013