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date of composition

1815

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genre

Lied

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performing forces

solo voice and piano

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text source and language

poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, inspired by German legend of the Erlking, a sinister supernatural elf who dwells in the forest; anyone who is touched by him dies

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plot summary

you know this. btw. 1st time Erlking = play a game, flowers on the shore, and mother has golden robes. 2nd time = you're handsome, my daughters will wait upon you, lead the dances, and sing you to sleep. 3rd time = i love you, your beautiful form entices me. And if you're not willing, I shall use force.

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key

originally G minor (often transposed to accommodate vocal range of performer)

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tempo

Schnell

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time signature

C

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character/mood

alternates urgent with saccharine (Erlking), turns sinister

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piano introduction

vigorous octave triplets in the right hand, and arched melody in the left hand

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musical setting

narrator = middle register, father = lower register and legato to soothe child, son = upper register (suggesting youth and innocence), Erlking = middle register (w. insincere sweetness)

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character differentiation

major/minor switching for father and Erlking (first two times)

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Erlking two-faced moment

major turns to minor, and middle register turns to lower

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arriving home: words + description

"he reaches the courtyard weary and anxious". A flat major triad (flattened supertonic)(Neopolitan chord). Creates false hope in listener and indicates the change in setting. Makes the ending even more tragic

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characteristics of Romanticism

1. expression of emotions
2. wide range of dynamics
3. folk elements
4. programmatic elements
5. lyrical melody