O That I Had Ne'er Been Married

Title:  O that I had ne’er been married

Poet:  Robert Burns

Source:  Three early songs for medium voice and piano *[Augener Ltd., Music Printers and Binders, 287 Acton Lane, London]

Date of Composition:  1922

Publication:  Faber Music Limited; © 1985 (post.)

 Voice Difficulty Level:  Moderate

 Subject:  Warning to young men about marriage

Range:  D3 – G4

Tessitura:  B3 – D4

Tempo:  Dreamily; 6/8

Duration:  01:20

 Vocal Characteristics:  Lilting vocal line; many repetitive notes; two sustained G4s; rubato throughout; textually driven rhythm; one measure mixed meter; Scottish dialect

 Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

 Accompaniment Characteristics:  Arpeggiated, guitar-like accompaniment in treble clef; simple octaves in bass clef; rubato throughout

 Additional Comments: *In the original version, the ending finishes in mm. 24, and only contains the text “they come been” once

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013