Wagtail and Baby

Poet: Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Source:  Winter Words

Date of Composition:  1953 (Mar. – Sep.)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1953

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  The bird survived all nature, but man.

Range:  E4 – A5

Tessitura:  G4 – E5

Tempo:  Gently moving; 2/4 (Voice), 6/8 (Piano)

Duration:  01:40

Vocal Characteristics: Short phrases; describing multiple characters could require interpretive voice coloring; choppy, episodic melody

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Eighth note chords in left hand with fast sixteenth triplet gestures in the right hand;

Additional Comments: Manuscript does not include numerical tempo marking

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