To lie flat on the back

Poet: Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973)

Source:  Fish in the Unruffled Lakes

Date of Composition:  1937 (26 Oct.)

Publication: Fish in the Unruffled Lakes

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

 Subject:  Sunbathing with a male lover.

Range:  C4 – G5

Tessitura:  E4 – E5

Tempo: Allegretto comodo e molto rubato; 4/4

Duration:  02:27

Vocal Characteristics: Ascending triadic phrases; extended low lying text based section

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Triplet triadic patterns doubled in both hands alternates between triplets and chordal sections

Additional Comments: Numerous tempo changes; Britten Thematic Catalog

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