Der Doppelganger (Schubert) 1828

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  • Der Doppelganger (Schubert) 1828 Vienna, Austria
    • Structure
      • The three verses starting at Bars 5; 25; 43 are through composed
      • Four bar ostinato figure heard in the piano at the start reoccurs five times providing a sense of unity
    • Tonality
      • B minor for first 40 bars
      • Rises chromatically to arrive at the remote key of D# minor at bar 47
      • Begins a return to B minor at bar 51
    • Harmony
      • Incomplete triads in the opening chords, making use of bare fifths
      • Use of chromaticism particularly in the progrssion from Bars 41-46
      • Augmented 6th chords at climaxes e.g. bar 51
      • Neapolitan 6th chord bar 59
      • F# inner dominant pedal for the first 40 bars
      • Tonic/dominant alternation bars 47-50
      • Plagal cadence & Tierce de Picardie at the end
    • Texture
      • Melody with slow moving chordal accompaniment
      • Occasionally two part texture - Bars 10 & 39 beat 3
    • Vocal writing
      • Word setting is syllabic
      • Melisma used at bar 54-55
      • Wide use of dynamics to convey the emotion of the text
      • Speech and musical accents coincide
    • Other
      • Der Doppelganger is a lied (german song) of which Schubert wrote well over 600
      • This work was written in 1828 when Schubert was 31 and he knew he only had a short time to live
      • It is set to a poem by Heine who was one of the most important poets of the time
    • Rhythm
      • Slow triple time
      • Steady dotted minim chords in piano throughout
      • Dotted rhythms in vocal part
      • Occasional use of demisemiquavers in piano - bar 13 & 24
    • Melody
      • Overall range of a 13th (B-G)
      • Declamatory opening
      • Short phrases
      • Appogiaturas
      • Some triadic patterns
      • Occasional large leaps
      • Moves to higher register for climax
      • Melody line revolves around F# initially and features a descending tonic triad
      • Use of a turn - bar 21
      • Climactic moments at bars 31 & 41, shown by the dynamics

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