Foreground, Vordergrund. The structural level nearest the surface of the music, showing more detail than the middleground, but omitting some of the surface events, particularly octave doublings and chordal reinforcements. The graph below shows the foreground of the entire Aria. Schenker's foreground graphs typically include some rhythmic ideas. In this case the quick notes show accellerated restatements of the rising third motive with which the melody begins.

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