Movement 3

Movement 3: The Plan To Go Into Hiding

Theme: Suspense

 Text:

When would we go into hiding?
Where would we hide?
In the city? In the country? In a house? In a shack?These questions kept running through my mind.I started packing my important belongings.
The first thing was my diary.
Memories mean more to me than dresses.Ik zal, hoop ik, aan jou alles kunnen, toevertrouwen, zoals ik het nog anniemand gekund heb, en ik hoop dat je een grote steun voor me zult zijn.It seems like years since Sunday morning.
So much has happened,
it’s as if the whole world had
suddenly turned upside down.
Translation: (from Dutch)
I will, (I hope), I can trust you, such as I have not been able to do with anyone else, and I hope you will be a great support for me.

Concept:

How would you feel about leaving everything behind?

Theme in other Musical Examples:

John Williams – Jaws Theme:

Johann Sebastian Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor:

Casting Crowns – Does Anybody Hear Her?:

Morten Lauridsen – Lux Aeterna, II. In Te, Domine, Speravi:

Béla Bartók – The Miraculous Mandarin:

Bridge Concept:

What things are most dear to you, that you would reach for first if you suddenly had to leave home? Would you, like Anne, take something of emotional value, or would you choose something more of monetary value instead?

Examining the Theme and Historical Context through the Text/Music:

The movement begins with soft minor chords overlaid with a clear soprano voice, setting the mood for Anne’s lonely, uncertain thoughts. Tremolos in the violin convey the suspense Anne is feeling as she anticipates the unknown. “Where would we hide?” she wonders. “These were questions I wasn’t allowed to ask, but they still kept running through my mind.” The juxtaposition of major and minor show Anne’s struggle as she trusts her father to hide them safely, yet fears the unsure future.

Lost in her thoughts, Anne packs her belongings in a school bag:

The first thing I stuck in was this diary, and then curlers, handkerchiefs, schoolbooks, a comb and some old letters. Preoccupied by the thought of going into hiding, I stuck the craziest things in the bag, but I’m not sorry. Memories mean more to me than dresses.

The single, steady violin notes, unwavering triplets in the clarinet, and soft choral chant build suspense as the listener experiences the agitation Anne must have felt at this moment. All of this leads Anne to cling to memories of a secure past. While the choir sings softly in Dutch, followed by the soloist, the instrumental accompaniment continues its steady rhythm, but adds several signs of foreboding, such as some low octaves in the piano, a forte chord, and a suspenseful sustained note in the cello.

Suddenly the piano breaks into a loud series of agitated scales, and is joined by nervous rhythms and accents in the violin and cello parts. The choir declaims Anne’s feelings of desperation as she comes to a full realization of what has happened since her last entry on Sunday morning. The choir changes from a duplet to a triplet feeling to emphasize Anne’s sensation that “the whole world had suddenly turned upside down.” At the end of the movement, the moving tenor part, virtuosic violin line, fortissimo chromatics in the piano, and minor cadence elicit a sampling of the emotions young Anne experienced over the course of just three life-changing days.

Examining the Historical Concept:

Anne writes a regular journal entry on Sunday morning, July 5. On Sunday afternoon, Anne is told that her father had received a call-up-notice (she later learns it was actually for her sister, Margot). They pack and do last minute preparations on Sunday night, and leave to go into hiding early Monday morning, ten days before they had originally planned. Anne writes her next journal entry on Wednesday, July 8 from their hiding place, filling in the details from the previous days.

Recommend resources: Read Anne’s diary entries for July 5, 1942 (Sunday) and July 8 (Wednesday).


Next: Movement 4

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