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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


Homorhythmic


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

Structure

Strophic


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


Octaves


Octave pairings of soprano and tenor, alto and bass