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The Doktor Faustus Concerto
Seeded by geoffreygordoncomposer on 1 Sep 2014
Author: Gnoffegriss
This is an excerpt from composer Geoffrey Gordon's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, commissioned by the Copenhagen Philharmonic for their principle cellist, Toke Møldrup, and premiered on 31 January 2014, at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, with guest conductor, Rory Macdonald. The new work began as a conversation between Gordon and Møldrup. Both artists realized they shared an interest in Thomas Mann’s stunning 1943 novel, Doktor Faustus (Doktor Faustus. Das Leben des deutschen Tonsetzers Adrian Leverkühn, erzählt von einem Freunde). This startling retelling of the Faust legend, set in the context of the first part of the 20th century (and reflecting the turmoil in Germany during that time), is shot through with musical references, from Bach and Beethoven to Schoenberg (not to mention literary references from Shakespeare to Dante, Blake, and Verlaine)—a kind of Apollonian (reason, progress) and Dionysian (passion, tragedy, fate) struggle for the soul of the (fictitious) compo