Dance of Death

Poet:  Thomas Ravenscroft (c.1582/92 – 1635)

Source:  Our Hunting Fathers

Date of Composition:  1936 (May 13 – Jul. 23)


Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject:  A politically charged, diabolical dance.

Range:  Bb3 – B5

Tessitura:  D4 – F#5

Tempo: Very fast and lively; 6/8


Vocal Characteristics: Wordy with hushed opening; multiple leaps to the upper register; rhythmically challenging; extended high phrases; multiple melismatic passages; singing on rolled ‘r’; operatic in scope

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics:  Orchestral reduction requiring multiple layers of techniques

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