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rhyming scheme but also by sharing a central thematic idea. Dante, like Faust, is on a life-
changing journey from darkness to light.16
Schumann divides Faust's monologue into four distinct sections according to Daverio.
Each section seeks to convey the changing thoughts and emotions that Faust is
experiencing at that moment. Schumann in turn links each of these parts with a specific
vocal genre: Faust awakening to nature with a Lied introduced by cantabile for solo cello,
his retreat from the Sublime with a Rezitativischer Gesang. His resignation to defeat with
a propulsive arioso, and his reawakening to reflective consciousness with a heroic aria. 17
In the first section of this monologue, "Des Lebens Pulse schlagen frisch lebendig" (life's
pulse beats fresh and lively) the revived Faust declares his continuing desire to reach toward a
higher existence. 18 Schumann demonstrates his sensitivity to communicating the essence of
Goethe's text by crafting a beautiful cantabile melody with sweeping phrases that express the
overwhelming joy that Faust is feeling after his rebirth in Nature (see Figure 12).
Figure 12: "Sonnenaufgang," mm 28t. P 1-287.
Erde warst auch diese Nacht besthindig" (you earth, what were through the nightiu , -dconstant) and
"und atmest neu erquickt zu meinen Ftilssen" (and you breathed newly refreshed at my feet) he
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Figure 12:.. ..innenaufit ng " mm 281-.2"7.
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