Faust

prologue, 4 acts, 1955-56†, 2443 bars, 150:00

Music drama in a prologue and four acts, 1955-56
Vocal score composed between April 1955 and 19 August 1955
Full score completed 11 May 1956

Gretchen (soprano)
Marthe (mezzo)
Faust (tenor)
Michael (tenor)
Raphael (tenor)
Valentin (baritone)
Mephistopheles (baritone)
Schueler (baritone)
Der Herr (bass)
Gabriel (bass)
Erdgeist (bass)
Böser Geist (bass)
SATB chorus
3 flutes (2 doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, Eb clarinet, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons (1 also contrabassoon), 6 horns , 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, euphonium, timpani, suspended cymbal, cymbals, bass drum, 3 side drums, tambour militaire, tambourine, triangle, castanets, tam-tam, wind machine, ruthe, bell in G flat, celesta, glockenspiel, xylophone, 2 harps, organ, strings

Prologue in Heaven [331 bars], 18:00
Act I
  Scene 1: Faust’s room [145 bars], 11:00
  Scene 2: Faust’s room [556 bars], 29:00
Act II
  Prelude: Through the air [54 bars], 3:00
  Scene 1: The street [94 bars], 7:00
  Scene 2: Evening – Gretchen’s room [184 bars], 8:00
  Scene 3: Gretchen’s room [125 bars], 9:00
  Scene 4: Gretchen’s room [56 bars], 5:00
Act III
  Scene 1: Night – the street before Gretchen’s door [257 bars], 16:00
  Scene 2: Cathedral (Dom) [171 bars], 14:00

Scene 1: Gloomy day – country [130 bars], 10:00
Scene 2: Night ride of Faust and Mephistopheles [78 bars], 4:00
Scene 3: Dungeon [262 bars], 17:00

Text: (part 1), abridged by the composer; set in German; no English translation, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Unpublished, except Prologue in Heaven by United Music Publishing

Derived works

Prologue in Heaven [from Faust Prologue im Himmel] [2 ten, bar, 2 bass, orch] – 18´
Prelude [from Faust Act II Prelude Durch die Luft] [orch] – 3´
Abend [from Faust Prelude to Act II, Scene 2] [orch]
Night ride of Faust and Mephistopheles [from Faust Act IV, Scene II Nacht-Offen Feld] [orch] – 4´
Gretchen songs [from Faust Act II] [sop, orch] – 6´
Cathedral scene [from Faust Act III, Scene 2 Dom] [sop bass soli, SATB chor, org, orch] – 14´

Articles

Dramatic structure and innovation in Brian’s Faust – Professor William E Grim
Brian’s use of the German language in Faust – Jürgen Schaarwächter

Performances

Prologue in Heaven [from Faust Prologue im Himmel] [2 ten, bar, 2 bass, orch] – 18´
9 March 1979 [first performance] BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
31 March 1979 BBC Radio 3
Soloists, BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Night ride of Faust and Mephistopheles [from Faust Act IV, Scene II Nacht-Offen Feld] [orch] – 4´
25/26 June 2009 [first performance] City Halls, Glasgow
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Garry Walker
Gretchen songs [from Faust Act II] [sop, orch] – 6´
5–6 January 2012 Potton Hall, Suffolk, U.K.
Michelle Walton, soprano; Sholto Kynoch, piano

Recordings

Night ride of Faust and Mephistopheles [from Faust Act IV, Scene II Nacht-Offen Feld] [orch] – 4´
Toccata Classics TOCC 0113 released December 2011
25/26 June 2009 [first performance] City Halls, Glasgow
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Garry Walker
Gretchen songs [from Faust Act II] [sop, orch] – 6´
Stone Records 5060192780277 released April 2014
5–6 January 2012 Potton Hall, Suffolk, U.K.
Michelle Walton, soprano; Sholto Kynoch, piano