Busoni: Doktor Faust Busoni-Verz. 303 - Oper
expanded and completed by Ph. Jarnach
Duration: full evening
Text by the composer based on the puppet show of the same name
Translation: french (J. Lasserre), ital. (O. Previtali)
Place and time: Wittenberg and Parma, late Middle Ages
Characters: Doktor Faust (baritone) - Wagner, sein Famulus (baritone) - Mephistopheles (tenor) - Der Herzog von Parma (tenor) - Der Zeremonienmeister (bass) - Die Herzogin von Parma (soprano) - Des Mädchens Bruder, Soldat (baritone) - Ein Leutnant (tenor) - Drei Studenten aus Krakau (tenor, 2 Bässe) - Theologe (bass) - Jurist (bass) - Naturgelehrter (baritone) - Vier Studenten aus Wittenberg (4 Tenors) - Gravis (bass) - Levis (bass) - Asmodus (baritone) - Beelzebuth (tenor) - Megäros (tenor) - Kirchgänger, Soldaten, Hofleute, katholische und lutherische Studenten (Chor)
"Doktor Faust" is not only Busoni’s "Opus summum” from a chronological point of view; it also evidences traces of many earlier scores which the composer brought together here under the primacy of musical theater which led, as it were, to an objectification of many scenes. Antony Beaumont’s completion of the two scenes left in fragmentary form was based on Busoni’s composition sketches and a detailed dramaturgical outline. The new version has made a decisive contribution to the renewed interest in the work. The score is also available in a new version prepared after a critical study of the source material.