Interlude (to E.M.*)

Poet:  Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891)

Source:  Les Illuminations

Date of Composition:  1939 (Mar. – Oct. 25)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1944

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  A repeat of the first song (I alone hold the keys to the savage parade.)

Range:  B4 – E5

Tessitura:  E5

Tempo: Moderato ma comodo; 4/4

Duration:  01:35

Vocal Characteristics: Repeated E5

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Piano transcription by the composer; many tremolos; instrumental lines that come out of the orchestral texture;

Additional Comments: As this piece would likely never be performed outside of the context of this cycle the voice level of this piece does not reflect what the cycle would require.

*Elizabeth Mayer

*From the Britten Thematic Catalog

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013