Music in Goethe's Faust

June 2017
5 black and white, 47 line illustrations
356 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781783272006
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC AVGC, 1DD, 2AB, 3J
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Music in Goethe's Faust

Goethe's Faust in Music

Edited by Lorraine Byrne Bodley

Hardback
9781783272006
$99.00
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.
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. Bringing 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.

LORRAINE BYRNE BODLEY is Senior Lecturer in Musicology at Maynooth University and President of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.

Contributors: Mark Austin, Lorraine Byrne Bodley, Nicholas Boyle, John Michael Cooper, Siobhán Donovan, Osman Durrani, Mark Fitzgerald, John Guthrie, Heather Hadlock, Julian Horton, Ursula Kramer, Waltraud Meierhofer, Eftychia Papanikolaou, David Robb, Christopher Ruth, Glenn Stanley, Martin Swales, J. M. Tudor
Keywords: Music

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rhapsody and Rebuke: Goethe's Faust in Music - Lorraine Byrne Bodley
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 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 -
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 Schlußszene in his Eighth Symphony - Eftychia Papanikolaou
Operatic Translation and Adaptation: Gounod's Faust, with a Tribute to Ken Russell - Siobhan 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 20th 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
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Reviews

[A] a valuable collection of essays that reflect the multilayered character of Goethe's Faust. It is an essential text for libraries that serve research and teaching needs at the postsecondary level and a fine addition to personal collections. NOTES, JOURNAL OF THE MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

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