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.