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Evoking The Mystical: The Esoteric Legacy Of Ferruccio Busoni

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This study focuses on Ferruccio Busonis magnum opus his unfinished opera Doktor Faust, which he had worked on from 1916 until his death in 1924. Busoni addresses his compositional descendents, the unborn to whom he has bequeathed his legacy. The structural use of the circle in Doktor Faust is connected with Busonis speculations about the omnipresence of time. It seems possible that Busonis opera may communicate simultaneously in two different temporal spaces the first, in linear time, as the unfolding of sequential dramatic scenes, and the second, outside of linear time, as a circle of internal connections, inaudible but discoverable. If the Kabbalistic model of Doktor Faust is to be upheld, it must be consonant with Busonis practice of adapting architectural structures to musical form. The study also includes bibliography that presents a list of reference articles for the study.

Keywords: Doktor Faust; Ferruccio Busoni; Kabbalistic model; legacy



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