Gretchen Am Spinnarde

Gretchen Am Spinnarde - The Unsettling Schubert The piece...

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The Unsettling Schubert The piece that particularly moves me was Franz Schubert’s piece, Gretchen Am Spinnrade . The fact the Schubert was just seventeen at time is unbelievable considering the mature nature it has. It based on Goethe’s Faust , where Gretchen is at the spinning wheel thinking about the man she just met, Faust. The setting of the song was easily found through the accompaniment, which resembled the sound of a spinning wheel. This feeling of the spinning wheel continues on and on until the climax at the song in which it stops completely because she is now completely consumed by the idea of his kiss. After she realizes she stopped spinning, the piano resumes mimicking the spinning wheel. It is interesting how the piano played a character in this piece. It almost helped to propel the plot of the story, of her thinking about her new found love; it helped the listener to get into the same daze Gretchen is in. The other reason this song is so dazzling to the listener is because of the words
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