Afton Water

Poet:  Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Source:  A Birthday Hansel

Date of Composition: 1975 (21 Mar.)

Publication: 4 Burns Songs

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  Dear Afton water, please don’t wake my sleeping Mary.

Range:  B3 – G#5

Tessitura:  F#4 – E5

 Tempo: Gently flowing; 9/8

Duration:  02:46

Vocal Characteristics: Sweet, flowing melody; unexpected twists; leaps of 10ths in the middle of phrases; gently moving sixteenth notes;

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Rolling sixteenth notes between hands throughout representing the flowing water; septuplets;

Additional Comments: Scottish Dialect; meter changes; originally for harp, arranged for piano;

*Britten Thematic Catalog 

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013