Scenen aus Goethes Faust: A performer's analysis. Page: 15
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Schumann emphasizes the importance of Faust's victorious response to Gretchen's
acquiescence in Faust's text "Ja, mein Kind! Lass dieses Blumenwort dir GOtterausspruch sein!"
(Yes, my child! Let this flower's word be God's word to you!) by setting Faust's vocal part in
the upper register of the baritone voice. Schumann's score indicates that the phrase should be
sung "mit Innigkeit" (with tenderness) directing the singer to imbue this phrase with a warm and
passionate tone color to convince Gretchen that his emotional outburst is sincere (see Figure 9).
This phrase comes to a climax on Faust's highest note of the duet sung up to this point, as Faust
sings "Er libt dich!" (He loves you!).
After Faust pours his heart out to Gretch en t here is a sudden dramatic change in there
orchestration signaling the first entrance of Mephistopheles. The music is no longer beautifully
rom antic, but instead becomes rather sparsise, in a quasi-recitative section. The winding, sinuous
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