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M-LT 71150 - The Faust Tradition
The story of Faust has fascinated and challenged composers from Spohr to Schnittke, including Schumann, Berlioz, Gounod, Boito, Mahler, and Busoni. Each composer has adapted the Faust story by making unique decisions as to which genre to compose (it has been set as symphony, légende dramatique, oratorio, opera, and more), which version of the story to use (many of the versions use Goethe’s Faust as a starting point, while others refer back to the 16th-century story), and how the story of Faust is relevant to the contemporary culture (Mahler’s setting of the closing scene of Goethe’s Faust in his Eighth Symphony as “a gift to the nation” is very different than Gounod’s depiction of the Faust-Marguerite relationship, or Busoni’s preoccupation with the esoteric tradition—or Schnittke’s cautionary tale with a triumphant, mocking Mephisopheles singing an amplified tango). We will compare musical and dramatic styles in the various versions of Faust, as well as reading portions of the Goethe, and of Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus, which depicts a young composer very much like Schoenberg.

Prerequisites (( M-SK 2102 / Lecture <min credit = 2.00> and ( M-LT 2102 / Lecture <min credit = 3.00> or M-LT 7104 / Lecture <min credit = 2.00> )) or ( M-EX 5107 / Placement Exam or M-SK 8101 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> or M-SK 8101 / Remedial <min credit = 1.00> ))
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Credits 2.00
Credit Types Credit

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