Busoni’s opera in 8 scenes was based on the 16th-century puppet plays and Goethe’s version of Faust. The work begins with distant bells and music that moves between darkness, represented by a nocturne, and light, an Easter chorale with voices interjecting with the word “Pax” (peace). Busoni noted that the opera is unified by what he called his “Faustian” musical vocabulary: tonal music with extreme harmonic subtleties, polyphonic textures and clear, orchestral sonorities. The opera premiered after the composer’s death in Dresden with the help of his friend, Philipp Jarnach, who composed the final scene.
via YouTube, Faust at the Graz Opera, Austria, 1995;