Lord! I Married me a Wife

Poet:  N/A

Source:  Eight Folksong Arrangements

Date of Composition:  1976 (Apr. – Jun.)

Publication: Eight Folksong Arrangements

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

 Subject:  The trouble of being married.

Range:  E4 – E5

Tessitura:  E4 – B4

Tempo: Fast and spiteful; 2/2           

Duration:  00:50

 Vocal Characteristics: Rhythmically independent; declamatory;

 Piano Difficulty Level:  n/a (harp)

 Accompaniment Characteristics: Chords; triplets and sixteenths in contraray motion between hands; parallel motion between hands;

 Additional Comments: For harp and voice; transcribed for piano by Colin Matthews in Benjamin Britten: Complete Folksong Arrangements. *Words and melody from English folk songs from the southern Appalachians, collected by Cecil Sharp, ed. Maud Karpeles, 2nd ed. (OUP, 1932), vol II, no. 116, p. 122.

*From the Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1172

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