- 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 Russian composer Alfred Schnittke’s Faust cantata, Seid nüchtern und wachet (Be sober and watch), remarkably parallels the fictional work of the hero of Thomas Mann’s 1947 novel Doktor Faustus (Doctor Faustus). Mann’s novel is a retelling of the sixteenth-century Faust story in the light of the history of German music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The central character, the composer Adrian Leverkühn, navigates the currents of social and artistic unrest. The fictional composer’s last work was the cantata D. Fausti Weheklag (The Lamentation of Doctor Faustus) with a text drawn from the 1587 Spies Faust Book. One of the first readers of Mann’s novel, Schnittke patterned much of his own life on his fictional counterpart. The main characteristic of both Schnittke’s and Leverkühn’s cantatas is a pervasive sense of paradox.
Charles McKnight is Emeritus Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He holds a PhD in Music from Cornell University and specializes in Russian music. A professional trombonist in New York City for eighteen years, he performed with ballet orchestras such as the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet. As an academic he teaches music history, music theory, and Russian studies. Faust has been a lifelong interest, and he has regularly taught an interdisciplinary course on Faust in the arts.
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