The Nightingale and the Rose

Title:  The Nightingale and the Rose

Poet:  Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)

Source: The Poet’s Echo

Date of Composition:  1965 (Aug. 23)

Publication: Faber Music Ltd., 1967*

Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject:  A tale of impossible love.

Range:  D#4 – A5

Tessitura:  E4 – E5

Tempo: Tranquillo; 4/4

Duration:  03:35

Vocal Characteristics: High lying, soft phrases; strong high outbursts; high, broken melismas; leap of a Maj. 10;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: In seconds, mimicking the call of the nightingale; rhythmic complexity; sixteenth note scalar passages in seconds; sextuplet flourishes;

Additional Comments: Meter changes; Markings in parenthesis of dynamic are not editor’s markings, but Britten’s; they do appear in the manuscript; *Translations in the Faber score by Pears; Britten Thematic Catalog

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013