Scenen aus Goethes Faust: A performer's analysis. Page: 10
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This motive repeats throughout the scene as in seen in Figure 5.
Figure 5: "Scene im Garten," mm 28-31.
There is a climatic moment when, for the first time, the melodic motive is heard
simultaneously in both the cellos and the violins. In this measure, the melodic motive soars to its
highest point and represents the moment in which Gretchen and Faust recognize their mutual
attraction to each other.
Schumann composed Faust's first vocal line to emphasize the strong beats of the measure
thereby giving it a characteristically more purposeful attitude (see figure 1). Schumann
emphasizes beat 3 in Faust's vocal line by setting his first word "Du" (you) on an anacrusis that
leaps up a fourth to the tonic of D minor on beat 3, the strong beat of the measure, thereby
accenting the stressed syllable of the word "kanntest". He also emphasizes the word "Engel"
(angel) by giving it an agogic accent on the downbeat of the next measure. At the end of his first
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