A girl, bored with her life of repetitive chores, dreams of a dark ship full of death and annihilation, an escape from the mundane into some fantastic passion (see Ex. 1). A girl, bored with her life of repetitive chores, dreams of a dark ship full of death and annihilation, an escape from the mundane into some fantastic passion (see Ex. 2). But I repeat myself; and in a sense Kurt Weill, in the famous refrain of “Pirate Jenny” from The Threepenny Opera (1928), repeated Wagner from eighty-five years before. Weill’s refrain has a similar profile to Senta’s phrase; each melody falls from D to F-sharp while traversing a progression that can be construed as a i-V cadence, though Wagner gets to the dominant via the supertonic, and Weill via the...

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