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Composed 1982, based on a poem by William Blake

Rhythm and metre

No time signature or regular pulse.

'always guided by the words'

Mainly quavers


Augmentation at end of each verse

Melody and word setting

· The wordsetting is mainly syllabic, with occasional slurs.· The three uppervocal parts have a narrow range,

The basspart covers a wider range of a 12th The opening motif generates material for thewhole piece,

· Repetition and retrograde

Harmony and tonality

· The first bar suggests G major.·

The second bar is bitonal: the sopranos stayin G major but the alto line suggests E flat, major (it is an inversionof the soprano line)·

The final bar is in the Aeolian mode on E.

Conventional: based on triads and 7th chords

Unconventional: consecutive 5ths



Second verse has fuller texture

Resources and texture

· The work is written forfour-part unaccompanied choir (SATB).·

The dynamic range is restrictedto mp—pp· · Monophony

Two-part homophony

Four-part homophony


Octave pairings of soprano and tenor, alto and bass