Next, these constructions are mapped onto the piece itself, exploring multiple implications of motivic pitch structures and binary oppositions among chords and modalities. That Schubert was familiar with the myth is evident, not only due to his choice of title, but even because of his spelling of the word. Furthermore, Given that Heine uses the word only once in the last stanza of the poem, he apparently wished to postpone or perhaps even downplay the mythical associations. Kramer , Inwardly a kind of poet and outwardly a kind of hedonist.
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It was written in , the year of Schubert's death. The night is quiet, the streets are calm, In this house my beloved once lived: She has long since left the town, But the house still stands, here in the same place. A man stands there also and looks to the sky, And wrings his hands, overwhelmed by pain: I am terrified — when I see his face, The moon shows me my own form!
Why do you ape the pain of my love Which tormented me upon this spot So many a night, so long ago? Heine's Buch der Lieder is divided into five sections; all the poems set in Schwanengesang are from the third, Die Heimkehr The homecoming. In Schwanengesang , this song stands at the end of the Heine songs, although Heine's order is different and it has been argued that the sequence works better dramatically when the songs are performed in their order of appearance in the Buch der Lieder.
This ambiguous harmonic progression is made of chords that lack one note, leaving it unclear what the harmony is.
The first chord lacks a third, so could be B major or B minor. The second has only the interval of a third, so it is unclear whether it is the first inversion of D-sharp minor chord or the second inversion of F-sharp major.
This ambiguity is only resolved with the entry of the voice, when the harmony of B minor with its dominant, F-sharp major, is established. The piano part, consisting almost entirely of block chords that gradually become denser, dominates the song and does much to give it its feeling of inexorability, and its brief abandonment displaced by a succession of increasingly dissonant chords at the climax of the song signals the frantic horror of the poet.
The song is 63 bars long, and in a typical performance lasts between 4 and 5 minutes. It is in the key of B minor, the same as Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the film, see The Double film. Songs by Franz Schubert. Heinrich Heine. A Winter's Tale " Die Harzreise Namespaces Article Talk.
Listening for Schubert’s “Doppelgängers”
Language: German Instruments: Piano. German text. English translation. The night is still, the streets are quiet, In this house lived my Love; She left the town long before, Yet her house is still standing in the same place. There I also see a man standing and staring into the heavens, Wringing his hands in violent grief.
The starting point for this essay is a simple fascination with the song's miraculously economical text. For two decades, it has served me as a favorite example in teaching, and as with all pieces that become one's favorites it has seemed more profound each time a student or a class has led Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Don't already have an Oxford Academic account?
Der Doppelgänger (Franz Schubert)
Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the vocal works largely Lieder , and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.