Der Doppelganger

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  • Created by: Megan
  • Created on: 11-05-13 18:05

Background

  • Lied (German language art song)
  • Composed 1828
  • Setting of poem by Heine 
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Rhythm and Metre

  • Slow triple time
  • Steady dotted minim chords in piano almost throughout 
  • Dotted rhythms in vocal part
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Melody and Word Setting

  • Generally syllabic 
  • Melisma (bars 54-55)
  • Overall vocal range of a 13th 
  • Melody line revolves around Fsharp (from bars 1-41)
  • Features a descending tonic triad
  • Turn (bar 21)
  • Word painting
    -Opening bars, 'dark, still night' matching the low pitching and slow tempo
    -First high point bar 31 - 'Overwhelmed by pain'
    -Second high point bar 41 - 'my own face' 
  • Scalelic melody (bar 49) 
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Harmony

  • Inner pedal 
  • Open 5ths chords (bar 4)
  • Tritone chord 
  • False relations (bar 13)
  • Chromatic chords at the climaxes (bar 32 = french augmented 6th/bar 41 + 51 german augmented 6th)
  • 'Neopolitan' (flattened supertonic) chord bar 59 
  • Plagal cadence (bars 61/62)
  • Tierce de Picardie (end) 
  • Suspensions (bar 27/28 + 29/30 + 36/37)
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Tonality

  • B minor
  • One modulation to D sharp minor (bar 47)
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Structure

  • Through-composed, divided into 3 verses 
  • Piano introduction and short linking passages 
  • Some repetition in the vocal line (bar 5/15)
  • Reptition of four bar ostinato-like figure in piano (bars 1-4)
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Texture and Performing Forces

  • Tenor with piano 
  • Melody-dominated homophony throughout, the piano taking the melody line only when voice is silent
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