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Benjamin Britten: Two Part-Songs: I Lov'd a Lass & Lift Boy



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Voicing:      SATB
Format:      Sheet Music
Composer:      Benjamin Britten
Music Category:       Choral
Dimensions:      10.50 X 6.75, 24 pages
Item Code:      48022504

Texts: George Wither (I Lov'd a Lass) and Robert Graves (Lift Boy) Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Difficulty level: 2 These are two delightful and contrasted part-songs for choir and piano which ought to be a gift to choirs looking for rare secular repertoire for their concert programmes. I lov'd a lass is full of fun, while the challenge lies in the regularly changing metre. The choir's first bar is in 7/8 and is followed by 5/4 and then 3/4. Later on Britten gives us 3/4, 7/8, 11/8, 4/4, 5/4, 7/8, 4/4 in successive bars but this all adds to the entertainment. There are lots of portamenti too in what adds up to a passionate little piece. Lift Boy sets a nonsense poem by Robert Graves about a boy who starts life as a knife-boy, moves on to become a lift boy and then a lift man. Preached damnation by 'Old Eagle' one day, he cuts the lift cables and down they all go. But Graves ends by saying: 'Can a phonograph lie? A song very neatly contriv'd to make you and me laugh'. Curious indeed. But

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