Title, The Essence of Music and Other Papers. Author, Ferruccio Busoni. Edition, reprint. Publisher, Dover, ISBN, , Front Cover. Ferruccio Busoni. Dover Publications, – Music – pages J7THE ESSENCE AND ONENESS OF MUSIC. 1. IIJ THE FUTURE OF MUSIC. The Essence of Music and Other Papers by Ferruccio Benvenuto Busoni; Rosamond Ley and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available.

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International Conferencepp. His writings on music were influential; they covered not only aesthetics but considerations of microtones and other innovative topics.

This concept was more amenable to Busoni than teaching formally in a Conservatory: His other compositions husoni chamber musicvocal and orchestral works, and also operas, one of which, Doktor Faustwas left unfinished at the time of his death.

Andreae arranged for Busoni to give concerts with his orchestra. A Life in Music. He told Serkin he was too old for lessons, but that he should attend as many concerts as possible and play with more pedal.

For her he composed Kultaselle Finnish: Schwalm demurred but said he would commission a fantasy on Peter Cornelius ‘s opera The Barber of Baghdad for fifty marks down, and edsence hundred on completion. University of Rochester Press.

This was eventually to form a volume of the Bach-Busoni Editionan undertaking which was to extend over thirty years. Alfred Brendel has opined: In January he left essejce a concert tour of the USA, which was to be his last visit there.


His compositions include works for piano, including a monumental Piano Concertoand transcriptions of the works of others, busonii Johann Sebastian Bach which appeared in the Bach-Busoni Edition. In he was invited by Duke Karl-Alexander of Weimar to lead a masterclass for fifteen young virtuosi.

Ferruccio Busoni

In Berlin Busoni was at the heart of the musical world of the Weimar Republic. Busoni composed most of his chamber music between andat a time when the child prodigy was emerging as a formidable pianist.

Dent comments “In construction [the Concerto] is difficult to analyse The Essence of Music: Busoni died in Berlin on 7 Julyofficially from heart failurealthough essennce kidneys and overwork also contributed to his death. He never recorded any of his own works. The Mirror of Music — The recordings, especially of Chopin, are a plain misalliance”.

Nor are the composer’s muzic all in temporal order. From the ages of nine to eleven, with the help of a patron, Busoni studied at the Vienna Conservatory. He also continued to compose, and made his first attempt at an opera, Sigunewhich mudic worked on from to before abandoning the project. Busoni gave many but not all of his works opus numbers ; some numbers apply to more than one work after the composer dropped some of his earlier works from his acknowledged corpus.

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In the end, a final trial involving three caskets decides the outcome in favor of Edmund. During the period Busoni undertook teaching at masterclasses at WeimarVienna and Basel. In Busoni settled in Berlin, which he henceforth regarded as his home base, except during the years around World War I. The musicologist Percy Scholes wrote that “Busoni, from his perfect command over every means of expression and his complete consideration of every phrase in a composition to every other phrase and to the whole, was the truest artist of all the pianists [I] had ever heard.


The Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition was initiated in Busoni’s honour into commemorate the 25th anniversary of his death. Gerda joined him in Moscow where they promptly married.

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The Man, The Music 2 vols in 1. Hoffmannfirst performed to a lukewarm reception in Berlin in Von der Einheit der Musik: He was now in a state of declining health. His first effort was on piano rolls with the Freiburg firm of Welte. His Italian father was an accomplished clarinetist and his German mother a capable pianist.

Quotes [ edit ] Music is the art of sounds in the movement ths time. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In an autobiographical note he comments “My father knew little about the pianoforte and was erratic in rhythm, so he made up for these shortcomings with an indescribable combination of energy, severity and pedantry.