Music in Goethe's Faust : Goethe's Faust in music /

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Woodbridge : The Boydell Press,, United Kingdom, p.xix, 336 pages : (2017)



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Faust (Legendary character), Music and literature., Songs and music


That Goethe's poetry has proved pivotal for the development of the nineteenth-century Lied has long been acknowledged. Less acknowledged is the seminal impact in musical realms of Goethe's Faust, a work which has attracted the attention of composers since the late eighteenth century and played a vital role in the evolution of vocal, operatic and instrumental repertoire in the nineteenth century. While Goethe longed to have Faust set to music and considered only Mozart and perhaps Meyerbeer as being equal to the task, by the end of his life he had abandoned hope that he would live to witness a musical setting of his text. Despite this, a floodtide of musical interpretations of Goethe's Faust came into existence from Beethoven to Schubert, Schumann to Wagner and Mahler, and Gounod to Berlioz; and a broad trajectory can be traced from Zelter's colourful description of the first setting of Goethe's Faust to Alfred Schnittke's Faust opera (1993). This book explores the musical origins of Goethe's Faust and the musical dimensions of its legacy. It uncovers the musical furore caused by Goethe's Faust and considers why his polemical text has resonated so strongly with composers. 0Bringing together leading musicologists and Germanists, the book addresses a wide range of issues including reception history, the performative challenges of writing music for Faust, the impact of the legend on composers' conceptual thinking, and the ways in which it has been used by composers to engage with other contemporary intellectual concepts. Constituting the richest examination to date of the musicality of language and form in Goethe's Faust and its musical rendering from the eighteenth to twenty-first centuries, the book will appeal to music, literary and Goethe scholars and students alike.Includes bibliographical references and index.Introduction. Rhapsody and rebuke : Goethe's Faust in music ; The redress of Goethe's Faust in music history / Lorraine Byrne Bodley -- Wagering on modernity : Goethe's eighteenth-century Faust / Nicholas Boyle -- Reflectivity, music and the modern condition : thoughts on Goethe's Faust / Martin Swales -- Music and metaphorical thinking in Goethe's Faust : the example of harmony / J.M. Tudor -- Faust : the instrumentalisation of an icon / Osman Durrani -- Faust's Schubert : Schubert's Faust / John Michael Cooper -- The musical novel as master-genre : Schumann's Szenen aus Goethes Faust / Julian Horton -- The psychology of Schumann's Faust : developing the human soul / Christopher Ruth -- A life with Goethe : Wagner's engagement with Faust in music and in words / Glenn Stanley -- Wagner's Ninth : reading Beethoven with Faust / Mark Austin -- Linking Christian and Faustian utopias : Mahler's setting of the Schluszene in his Eighth Symphony / Eftychia Papanikolaou -- Operatic translation and adaptation : Gounod's Faust, with a tribute to Ken Russell / Siobhán Donovan -- Adapters, falsifiers and profiteers : staging La damnation de Faust in Monte Carlo and Paris, 1893-1903 / Heather Hadlock -- Faust in the trenches : Busoni's Doktor Faust / Mark Fitzgerald -- As Goethe intended? : Max Reinhardt's Faust productions and the aesthetics of incidental music in the early twentieth century / Ursula Kramer -- Music and the rebirth of Faust in the GDR / David Robb -- Music, text and stage : Peter Stein's production of Goethe's Faust / John Guthrie -- 'Devilishly good' : Rudolf Volz's rock opera Faust and 'event culture' / Waltraud Maierhofer -- Select bibliography.