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sun- a metaphor for the divine and the second image in the orchestration is Faust's vision of the
Schumann slows the rhythmic drive for ten measures and uses colorful chromatic
harmony in sustained whole notes to illustrate the multi-hued image of the rainbow.23 In this
wonderful moment the focus shifts to the solo singer whose line floats above the orchestra as the
rainbow floats in the air and he declaims Goethe's most profound verse of poetry "am farbgen
Abglanz haben wir das Leben" (in colorful reflection, we have life). The ephemeral rainbow
symbolizes the transitory nature of life and has the element of the divine shining through it.24
Faust realizes that life is a combination of heaven and earth (see Figure 16).
Figure 16: "Sonnenaufgang," mm 405-417.
Men may strive with apparent success for the realization of their highest hopes
but find the momentary vision of perfection so overwhelmingly bright -'from those
eternal depths breaks forth/ Excess of flame, we stand confounded...and so Faust at last
acknowledges that man is necessarily and rightly earth-bound, constrained to look 'to the
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