Canticle I

Poet:  Francis Quarles (1592-1644)

Source:  single piece

Date of Composition: 1947 (Sep. 4-12)

Publication:  Boosey & Company © 1948

 Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

 Subject: I am my beloved’s, he is mine.

Range:  C#4 – G5

Tessitura:  G4 – F5

Tempo: Andante alla barcarola; 6/8

Duration:  07:52

 Vocal Characteristics: Long phrases; independent lines; long melismas; duple and quartal rhythms against triple; recitative section; staccato jumpy section;

 Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

 Accompaniment Characteristics: Rocking 6/8 barcarolle in left hand with independent right hand melody with sixteenth notes and syncopation; rocking feeling chords between hands; triple against duple sixteenth contrary motion in both hands; jumpy, staccato contrapuntal lines

 Additional Comments: Various keys, meters, and tempi; Britten Thematic Catalog

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