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Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth$

Christopher Alan Reynolds

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285569

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285569.001.0001

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(p.177) Appendix 3 Contrary Motion Counterpoint in The Flying Dutchman

(p.177) Appendix 3 Contrary Motion Counterpoint in The Flying Dutchman

Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth
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In each listing below a motive is spelled out by pitch names, with the paired motives (downward moving and upward moving) appearing one above the other. The location of the counterpoint appears on the left. Arrows (↑ or ↓) placed between two notes indicate rising or falling motion from the note before the arrow to the note after. The designation “mirror” in the pitches column indicates mirror counterpoint on the same pitches. This table does not include the Overture.

Location of Counterpoint

Dramatic context

Exact Pitches or High and Low Pitches

Act I, Intro, beginning

violent storm raging

G♭ ↓ B♭

F ↑ D♭

———, no. 2

Dutchman describes repeated attempts to kill himself

Cm triads ↓ then dim. 7ths ↓

Cm triads ↑ then dim. 7ths ↑

Act II, Senta’s Ballad

B-flat section “Wann wirst du, bleicher Seemann, es finden?”

F, E♭, D, C, D, F–E♭, D

B♭, C, D, E♭, D, C, D

Senta: “Ich sei’s …”

F, E♭, D, C

B♭, C, D, E♭

Senta: “das Heil erreichen”

A♭ ↓ D by step

D ↑ A♭ by step

Act II, response to Ballad

Maidens: “Hilf Himmel!”

B♭, G, E, D♭ dim. 7ths ↓

G, B♭, D♭, E dim. 7ths ↑

Maidens: “Helft Erik, uns!”

G♯, B, D, F

F, D, B, G♯

Mary: “Ich fühl’ ins mir das Blut gerinnen!”

E, G♯, B, D

D, B, A, G♯, F, E

Act II, Dutch sailors (mm. 504, 508, 532)

Sailors: “sieben Jahre sind vorbei!”

G♯, F♯, E♯ ↓

E, F♯, G♯ ↑

Act III, Senta and Erik

Erik: “reichest deine Hand dem Mann”

F♯, A, C, E♭ ↑ then Cm triad ↑


Act III, trio

Senta: “zweifelst du an meiner Treue?”

F ↓ C, chromatic

Dutchman: “Fort auf das Meer”

F ↑ C, semi chromatic

Senta: “Treue? Unsel’ger”

G♭ ↓ D♭ + triad

Dutchman: “treibt es mich auf’s Neue!”

F ↑ B♭ + triad

Senta: “Unsel’ger! Halt ein!”

F ↓ C, chromatic

Dutchman: “Dahin! Ewig dahin!”

F ↑ C, semi chromatic

Act III, Dutchman after Trio

“Verdammt bin ich”

A ↓ E, B♭ ↓ F, chromatic

A ↑ E, F ↑ B♭, chromatic

“Wohl hast du Treue mir gelobt”

D ↓ A, E♭ ↓ B♭, chromatic

D ↑ A, E♭ ↑ B♭, chromatic