Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
Poster art from the F.W. Murnau’s film of Faust (1926)
In 1829, Hector Berlioz wrote a short work based on Goethe's Faust, published it at his own expense, and then had second thoughts. He quickly rounded up every copy he could find and destroyed them.
Fifteen years later, he pulled out the abandoned manuscript and revamped it into a longer, more exciting work—but not before he had urged his friend, Franz Liszt, to read Faust, prompting Liszt to write his own setting of the famous tale of the man who sold his soul to the devil.
In this hour, how a single book inspired Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner—indeed, an entire generation of composers.
Faust by Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner
La Damnation de Faust, etc.
EMI 0946 3 81493 2 3
A Faust Symphony
London 417 399-2
Decca 455 5592
February 18, 2023
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