Rhetorical Analysis Of ' Der Fruhe ' By Hugo Wolf Essay

1100 Words Dec 10th, 2015 5 Pages
In his emotive lieder In der Frühe, Hugo Wolf utilizes key center discrepancies between piano accompaniment and the vocal line, lack of clear cadential motion, and quick-tempered movements through various tonal centers for the purpose of demonstrating the emotional complexity of a lost man struggling to find purposefulness in his daily life. Throughout his lieder, Wolf declares a key clearly with the left hand of the piano outlining the tonic triad; however, as soon as the vocal line enters, the melodic line heavily centers the dominant of the key. This is displayed as early as the first measure. Here we see the piano introduce the piece in d minor with a D pedal bass that sustains through until the first shift to a new key center. The vocal line first enters on a troublesome G sharp, serving two purposes. The first outcome is the weight placed on the tritone created with the sustaining bass, and the second being to serve as the dominant agent in the key of a minor. The first line of the poetry (mm. 1-2) implies a sense of frustration in a lack of peaceful rest. By having this opening line float across the clear d minor center in the piano, Hugo is stressing the lack of connection one can feel to the world around them. On one hand, a minor is at least related to the established key of the piano; while minor it is still the expected dominant. On the other hand the vocal line goes further to highlight the major dominant of a minor through an embellished arpeggiated motion.…

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