Sailor Boy

Collector: Cecil Sharp (1859-1924)

Source:  Volume 6: England

Date of Composition:  1958 (pre Jun. 17)

Publication: Boosey & Co., Ltd., 1961

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Easy

Subject:  Courting of women to be the wife of a sailor-boy.

Range:  F#4 – F#5

Tessitura:  B4 – D5

Tempo: Quick and gay; 2/2

Duration:  01:35

Vocal Characteristics: Boisterous, declamatory melody; a few phrases lie around F#5 each verse;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Octaves throughout until the postlude; dotted eighth sixteenth dotted figure throughout; chordal section; ascending triplet scalar pattern spanning three octaves

Additional Comments: For guitar and voice; transcribed for piano by Richard Walters in Benjamin Britten: Complete Folksong Arrangements.

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