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The Esoteric Musical Tradtion of Ferruccio Busoni and Its Reinvigoration in the Music of Larry Sitsky: The Operas "Doktor Faust" and the "Golem"

The Esoteric Musical Tradtion of Ferruccio Busoni and Its Reinvigoration in the Music of Larry Sitsky: The Operas "Doktor Faust" and the "Golem" (Hardback)

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This study explores an elite esoteric tradition of music composition which grew out of Ferruccio Busoni's concept of Junge Klassizitat, or Young Classicality, and is manifested and examined in the two major operas it has generated: Busoni's "Doktor Faust" and Larry Sitsky's "The Golem". This study should appeal to scholars interested in musicology. This study explores an elite esoteric tradition of music composition, transmitted to succeeding generations by practicing musicians with an avid interest in the occult. Motivated by a conception of music as an agent of transcendence, this tradition has been most clearly articulated by Ferruccio Busoni as Junge Klassizitat, or Young Classicality. The core ideas of Busoni's Junge Klassizitat have been passed from teacher to pupil in the manner of esoteric school, and encrypted as symbols within original compositions. One inheritor of Busoni's esoteric legacy was the Australian composer Larry Sitsky, a composition student of Busoni via Egon Petri. Building on existing research into the esoteric nature of Busoni's Junge Klassizitat, this study traces the passage of the esoteric tradition along the Budoni-Petri-Sitsky line.

It outlines a new, living and evolving tradition born from Sitsky's reinterpretation and revitalization of Busoni's model. Within the Busoni-Sitsky tradition of orientation of Junge Klassizitat remains unchanged but has flowered into new esoteric manifestations. To further elucidate this tradition, this study examines the two major operas it has generated: Busoni's "Doktor Faust" and Sitsky's "The Golem". It is demonstrated that the tradition's core ideas are transmitted through these operas as encrypted symbols, awaiting future decipherment. This work will appeal to scholars of music history, pedagogy, and composition, as well as scholars of Australian music, Busoni, Sitsky and Western esotericism.

Music & DanceDanceTheory of music & musicologyMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresWestern "classical" music Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd Publication Date: 18/07/2007 ISBN-13: 9780773454071  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr. Judith Crispin is a composer, musicologist and mezzo-soprano. Following doctoral work in Canberra with Larry Sitsky, Dr. Crispin studied in Paris as a composition student of Emmanuel Nunes. She has received a number of academic and artistic awards, including the Nancy Van de Vate International Compositional Prize for Opera, the Harold Allen Memorial Prize for Composition, and an Australian Postgraduate Award. Dr. Crispin is currently a lecturer in composition at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

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