Scenen aus Goethes Faust: A performer's analysis. Page: 9
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This motive is significant in that it provides the melody that is often missing in the declaimed
vocal line. It is also a repeating motive heard throughout this scene and provides the sense of
continuity that contrasts with the through-composed vocal lines. This motive depicts the
flirtation between Faust and Gretchen. It is an excellent example of how the role of the orchestra
functions as more than mere accompaniment. The character Faust is represented in the music by
the motive that is played by the cellos and the character Gretchen is represented by a similar
motive that is played by the first violins. The recurring sequential pattern builds the musical
tension between the two instruments as the sexual tension would build between Faust and
Gretchen when they notice each other in the garden. The recurring sequential ascending motives
are underscored by repeating triplets in the accompaniment, heard in the clarinets, bassoons and
French horns, depicting the underlying tension and excitement that Gretchen is feeling as her
relationship with Faust begins to blossom (see Figure 4).
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