O my blacke Soule!

Poet:  John Donne (c.1572-1631)

Source:  The Holy Sonnets of John Donne

Date of Composition: 1945 (Aug. 2)

Publication:  Boosey & Hawkes, 1946

Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject: I am a sinner who needs the blood of Christ.

Range:  C4 – G5

Tessitura:  F4 – Eb5

Tempo: Grave; 2/2

Duration:  03:03

Vocal Characteristics: Multiple semi-tone dissonances with accompaniment in secondo passaggio and lower register; completely independent vocal line requires strong sense of rhythm; descending lines; chromatic ascension in secondo passaggio

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: False sense of downbeat due to placement of sixteenth rest/sixteenth note gesture; chord clusters; extremes of dynamics

Additional Comments: Numerical tempo indication is not in the manuscript; pp. 5, mm. 2, piano dynamic in manuscript reads ff; manuscript indicates the duration as 3:00

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