Sonetto XVI (Si come nella penna)

Poet:  Michelangelo Buonarroti

Source:  Michelangleo Sonnets

Date of Composition:  1940 (Apr. 5)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1943*

Voice Difficulty Level:  Moderately Difficult

Subject:  If you look upon love with grief, you will reap pain

Range:  C4 – A5

Tessitura:  G#4 – E5

Tempo: Giusto; 4/4

Duration:  01:53

Vocal Characteristics: Grace notes; syncopation; short phrases; a few phrases that ascend and end at the top of the range

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Some passages in unison with the voice; descending eighth note octaves; grace notes with the vocal line

Additional Comments: Imitative Italian style; front matter indicates “Set to music for tenor voice and piano;” *Boosey score contains translations by Pears and Elizabeth Mayer

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