The Deaf Woman's Courtship

Collector:  Cecil Sharp

Source:  Appalachian Folk Song

Date of Composition: c. 1950s

Publication: Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements, Benjamin Britten: Complete Folk Song Arrangements, Boosey & Hawkes 2001

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Easy

Subject:  A deaf woman’s surprise at being courted.

Range:  Ab4 – Eb5

Tessitura:  Ab4 – Bb4

Tempo: Heavily; 2/4

Duration:  01:24

Vocal Characteristics: If done as a solo song, there are two characters; boisterous, heavy male voice; chirpy, wordy female voice

Piano Difficulty Level: Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Heavy, quarter note chords in each hand, followed by spritely, quick alternating eighth notes in each hand; last verse has contrary motion between hands

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