• First Act, sixth scene

    First Act, Sixth Scene


    MARIE
    Paul... Paul...

    PAUL
    Da bist du ja, Marie, ich wußte es.

    MARIE
    Bist du gewiß,
    Hältst du mir noch die Treu?

    PAUL
    Ich halt sie dir.
    Nie schwandest du aus diesem Raum.

    MARIE
    Drum nahm ich auch nicht mein Haar mit,
    Als ich fort mußt,
    Ließ dir den goldnen Schatz,
    Den du so geliebt.

    PAUL
    Ich weiß, ich weiß...

    MARIE
    Mein Haar stirbt nicht,
    Es wacht in deinem Haus.
    Unsre Liebe war, ist und wird sein.

    PAUL
    Du bist bei mir, bists immer, ewig.
    Bist es in dieser toten Stadt,
    Du tönst in ihren Glocken,
    Steigst aus ihren Wassern...

    MARIE
    Und doch wirst du vergessen,
    Was neben dir nicht lebt und atmet.

    PAUL
    Die andre, die Andere,
    Nur dich seh ich in ihr.

    MARIE
    Da ich dir sichtbar, liebst du mich.

    PAUL
    Ich lieb nur dich.
    Sag, daß du mir vergibst.

    MARIE
    Du liebst mich doch ...
    Unsre Liebe war, ist und wird sein.

    PAUL
    Unsre Liebe war, ist und wird sein...

    PAUL
    Ewig Geliebte, warum seh ich dich nicht mehr?
    Warum ist mirs, als könnt, ich's nicht mehr?

    MARIE
    Gehe ins Lebe, dich lockt die andre,
    Schau, schau und erkenne...

    PAUL
    Marietta!



    After Marietta's departure Paul is very agitated. Suddenly, he hears his name whispered in a sweet and ghostly voice. It's a vision of Marie, his dead wife. "Solemn and mysterious", is what Korngold requires here, using the "Vision" motif:




    This scene is quite a challenge for the soprano, that has to move quickly from the previous dance by Marietta, to sing 'molto legato' and slowly going up her tessiture to play Marie's ghost.

    Soon, in the line 'Und doch wirst du vergessen' Marie introduces a new motif, "Bruges":



    the dead wife singing the dead city.

    Then comes Paul's reply, where in the high A flat in 'Die Andere...' the tenor should transmit almost a plea, an apology to Marie for being trapped by the young and sensual Marietta. Marie, in F-major, forgives Paul, with a beautiful wink to Brigitta's first scene ballad, writing again an A4 in the word 'Liebe'. The orchestral fabric is slowly melting away while husband and wife swore each other eternal love, with a chord in the harmonium closing the phrase.

    The cadenza in B-flat major switch with a chromatic glide to B-flat minor: 'like a solar eclipse, like a light in the darkness', in the words used by critic Christopher Palmer in a nice review on the NYCO's staging, back in 1975. The light is, again, "Marietta"'s motif, that is finally expelling from the scene the ghost of Marie.



    In this point, to close the First Act, Korngold allows two different options. If we want to make a break between the First and the Second Act, there is an ending with 94 bars making up Marietta's ghostly dance, a king of obscene and vulgar waltz, in a fast tempo, giving a clear contrast with the sublime music of the Vision. Then Paul cries again 'Marietta!', and the First Act is finished.

    However, if there is no transition between First and Second Act, Marietta's ghostly dance is removed, as well as the first 45 bars of Second Act, a small prelude joining together several motifs from the First.



    We can hear below the scene in the voices of James King and Karan Armstrong:



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