Der Doppelganger

A mind map summarising the key features of Schubert's Der Doppelganger. Helpful for the extended answers on the edexcel papers. Feel free to ask questions/suggest improvements :)

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  • Created on: 04-02-13 18:30
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  • Der  Doppelganer
    • Melody
      • Verse 2
        • range expands upwards
      • Verse 1
        • Begins on a monotone F#
        • Narrow range within the minor 7th
        • A few leaps of a 4th/5th some stepwise movement
      • Verse 3
        • Ranges more widely than verse 1
        • Begins on a monotone F#
        • Climactic top F#
      • Melodic interest almost entirely in the voice part
      • Word setting
        • Five note melisma
        • Syllabic
        • Occasionally two notes per syllable
    • Structure
      • Piano has an interlude, postlude and two brief interludes
      • Through-composed
      • Song unified by: repeats of opening four chord progression; varied repeats of some music
      • Poem has three stanzas
    • Tonality
      • No major-key passgaes
      • Four bars of D# minor; a distant 'tertiary' relationship
      • Almost everything in B minor
    • Performing Forces
      • Impassioned use of high notes
      • Tessitura is frequently low
      • Piano part mostly low with both hands in bass clef
      • Wide vocal range (an octave and a minor 6th)
      • (Unspecified) Male voice and piano
    • Harmony
      • Momentary false relation
      • Long dominant pedal
      • Prominent german augmented 6th
      • Slow harmonic rhythm
      • Closing tonic pedal
      • Functional  harmony
    • Rhythm and Metre
      • Declamatory treatment
      • Simple triple time 3/4
      • Voice part matches rhythm of text (strong syllables have longer notes on accented parts of bar)
    • Texture
      • Voice has main melodic interest
      • Homophonic
      • Piano part mostly homorhythmic or chordal
        • Often only two 'real' parts
        • Mostly chords of 5 notes (much parallel doubling)
        • Some chords with six or seven notes


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