- The Oxford Handbook of Faust in Music
- Musical Examples
- Selected Settings from “Auerbachs Keller”
- Musical Remembering in Schubert’s Faust Settings
- Berlioz, Faust, and the Gothic
- Schumann’s Struggle with Goethe’s Faust
- Ideas of Redemption and the Total Artwork in Wagner’s Encounters with Faust
- Liszt’s Faust Complexes
- Gounodian Fausts by Pablo de Sarasate, Joan Baptista Pujol, and Felip Pedrell i Sabaté
- Mahler’s Eighth and the Faust Symphonic Tradition
- Hanns Eisler and Faust in the German Democratic Republic
- The Paradoxical Faust Cantatas of Adrian Leverkühn and Alfred Schnittke
- Louis Spohr’s Tragic Faust
- The Genesis, Transformations, Sources, and Style of Gounod’s Faust
- Mefistofele Triumphant—From the Ideal to the Real
- Extending the Reach of Ferruccio Busoni’s Doktor Faust
- The Faustian and Mephistophelean Worlds in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress
- Havergal Brian’s Gothic Opera Faust
- The Serial Concept in Pousseur’s Votre Faust
- Reflections of the Contemporary Schizophrenia in Josef Berg’s Two Versions of Johanes doktor Faust
- History and Faust in Doctor Atomic
- Pascal Dusapin’s New Lyrical Style in Faustus, the Last Night
- Faust Goes Dancing
- Heinrich Heine’s Faust Ballet Scenario, 1846–1948
- The American Musical and the Faustian Bargain
- Faust Rocks the Stage (Not)
- Helen Gifford’s Marlovian Regarding Faustus
Abstract and Keywords
The product of an eight-year collaboration between Belgian composer Henri Pousseur and French writer Michel Butor, Votre Faust (Your Faust) (1969) engages in a critical dialogue with the operatic genre and the Western tradition through a multifaceted exploration of the Faust theme. This chapter analyzes the opera’s intricate design, highlighting the extensive influence of the serial concept in Pousseur’s compositional approach. It discusses the opera’s origins, setup, and plot elements; Pousseur’s innovative harmonic techniques; the dense web of musical and literary quotations concentrated in the central locale, the fair; and the work’s complex mobile structure, a unique blend of aleatoric performance mechanics and elements of audience participation.
André Brégégère is Assistant Professor at Queensborough Community College in New York. While Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Music of the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, he composed his doctoral thesis on the music and theoretical writings of Henri Pousseur under the direction of Joseph N. Straus. He is co-director of Dr. Faustus, an organization dedicated to the commission and performance of new musical works by emerging composers.
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