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Figure 1.

1 Text and Translation of Goethe's Poem


Meine Ruh' ist hin,
Mein Herz ist schwer;
Ich finde sie nimmer
Und nimmermehr.

My peace is gone,
My heart is heavy;
I shall find it never,
Never again.

Wo ich ihn nicht hab


Ist mir das Grab,
Die ganze Welt
Ist mir vergllt.

Where I do not have him,


It is like the grave to me,
The whole world
Is bitter.

Mein armer Kopf


Ist mir verrckt,
Mein armer Sinn
Ist mir zerstckt.

My poor head
Is deranged,
My poor mind
Is distracted.

Meine Ruh' ist hin,


Mein Herz ist schwer,
Ich finde sie nimmer
Und nimmermehr.

My peace is gone,
My heart is heavy;
I shall find it never,
Never again.

Nach ihm nur schau ich


Zum Fenster hinaus;
Nach ihm nur geh ich
Aus dem Haus.

Only for him


I look out of the window;
Only for him I
Leave the house.

Sein hoher Gang,


Sein' edle Gestalt,
Seine Mundes Lcheln,
Seiner Augen Gewalt,

His fine bearing,


His noble form,
The smile of his lips,
The power of his eyes,

Und seiner Rede


Zauberflu,
Sein Hndedruck,
Und ach, sein Ku!

And the magic flow


Of his talk,
The clasp of his hands,
And ah, his kiss!

Meine Ruh' ist hin,


Mein Herz ist schwer,
Ich finde sie nimmer
Und nimmermehr.

My peace is gone,
My heart is heavy;
I shall find it never,
Never again.

Mein Busen drngt sich


Nach ihm hin.
Ach drft ich fassen
Und halten ihn,

My bosom yearns
for him.
Ah, could I grasp him
And hold him,

Und kssen ihn,


So wie ich wollt,
An seinen Kssen
Vergehen sollt!

And kiss him,


To my heart's content,
Under his kisses
To swoon!

Philip L. Miller, The Ring of Words: An Anthology of Song Texts, (New York: W.W. Norton &
Company, 1906), 74-5.

Meine Ruh ist hin


Text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
from Part 1, Scene 15 of Faust
Composer

Schubert

Loewe

General

Gretchen am Spinnrade
1814
D. 118, Op. 2
D Minor
6/8
Written for soprano

Meine Ruh' ist hin


1822
Op. 9, III, No. 2
B Minor
9/8 12/8 9/8
Written for alto/mezzo-soprano

Melody

Mostly step-wise with leaps on


climaxes

Triadic leaps that resolve by steps

Simple minor in A and B sections


Modulation to relative major mode
in C section working through circle
of fifths ending on German
augmented sixth chord
More complex harmonies in D

Simple minor in A sections


Modulation to parallel major mode in
B and C section with high amounts of
chromaticism ending on German
augmented sixth chord
More complex harmonies in D

Ostinato in right and left hands of


piano until climax

Ostinato in right and left hands of


piano until climax

Harmony

Rhythm

Accompaniment Constant rhythmic figures


Does not match the melody

Constant rhythmic figures


Doubles the melody occasionally

Text

Heavy amount of text painting

Text highlighted by use of tonality

Form

ABACADA1

ABACADA1

Bibliography
Carl Loewe: Meine Ruh' ist hin (Gretchen am Spinnrade) - Brigitte Fassbaender. Uploaded
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'Gretchen am Spinnrade' Franz Schubert. Uploaded May 24, 2009. Video Clip. Accessed
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Figure 2.1 Schubert's Setting of the Climax

Franz, Schubert, Gretchen am Spinnrade, Piano/Vocal Score, Leipzig: Breitkopf & Hrtel, 1894- 95, Accessed
March 1, 2015, International Scores Music Library Project,
http://petrucci.mus.auth.gr/imglnks/usimg/c/ce/IMSLP13971-SchubertD118_Gretchen_Am_Spinnrade.pdf.

Figure 2.2 Loewe's Setting of the Climax

Loewe, Carl, Goethe und Loewe - Lieder und Balladen, Piano/Vocal Score, Leipzig: Breitkopf &
1901, Accessed March 1, 2015, International Scores Music Library Project.
http://javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/7/76/IMSLP84572-PMLP172209Loewe_Werke_Band_XI_Breitkopf_VA1811.pdf.

Hrtel,