This song starts off very broad in c minor with a very depressing sound which sits low in my voice. I start of telling the story about the world that we have known, and how it has changed. The music which is played along with this text doesn't give it a sound of hope, it gives it a sound of darkness, a point of no return. Then the text goes into the details of how the world has changed which picks up the tempo because it's somewhat of a cry out becasue the world has become an ugly place.. Once line that really captures that is.. "where flow'rs once shed their color, weeds are grown...(forte) How thou art changed...O world that we have know..O world that we have lost." Those are the closing lyrics to this section in c minor... as I have said this beginning part is a very dark, depressed, and I really think the dynamic change for when we ask the question "how thou art changed" really shows how horrible the world has become. Also, there is dissonance between the voice "d" and the piano "c" on the word "lost". that happens each time. Ernest Charles does a great job of really placing the words with the accompaniment and really knowing when to bring in the dissonant sounds with the text.
This next section has a direct modulation/mode change into C major. There is also a change in meter to 3/4 section which can give you kind of a waltz like dance feel which helped to keep spirits high in this section. This section is looking back on the good day when we loved the well. Even when "bad weather" came it was still a beautiful place, but then at the end of this section there are ( // ) markings..then after the break the line..."o world that we have lost" comes back in with minor accompaniment underneath..
we also at this point shift back into 4/4 for two measure for a link between the middle and ending section...
the ending section then is back in C major and in 3/4 and has a very broad, majestic feel which really is screaming out our love we had for the world and how wonderful it can be. This is also the first point in which the piano is playing more lively block chords which keep the piece moving so that it isn't too broad. The voice also has a two bar sequence here in the last section which is raised a whole step when it is repeated. The accompaniment kind of drops out in this part and the voice is what really need to keep the line moving because the piano is stuck on block chords once again. Then I like to view this a a great dramatic ending where the dynamics are the loudest they have been in the whole song, there is the highest note of the whole piece..the climatic note on the word..world. which I can hold out as long as I want...then a break.. "Of our delight........."ending on a GREAT BIG PAC!!!