Prometheus or, The Poet's Forethought

Poet:  Henry Longfellow (1807-1882)

Source: single song

Date of Composition:  1925

Publication: manuscript; not available for performance

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Easy

Subject:  Song of the gods

Range:  A3 – G5 (opt. A5)

Tessitura:  F4 – F5

Tempo:  Allegro; 4/4

Duration:  01:35

Vocal Characteristics:  Modified strophic form; six verses; a few chromatics; almost exclusively quarter-notes; one high-lying phrase of repeated F5 in verse three

Piano Difficulty Level:  Easy

Accompaniment Characteristics: Chordal; jumpy; quarter-notes as in the vocal line; a few bass clef eighth-note scales

Additional Comments: Verses 1-4 are complete; final two stanzas seem to be missing one phrase each

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013