Henri Pousseur: Votre Faust

Henri Pousseur Votre Faust
Votre Faust

Henri Pousseur: Votre Faust

Year of composition:
1961/1968
Subtitle:
Variable work in the operatic genre
Version:
new version 1981
Composer:
Henri Pousseur
Original language:
French
Translator:
Helmut Scheffel
Librettist:
Michel Butor; Henri Pousseur
Instrumentation:
1 0 1 1 - 1 1 0 0 - perc, hp, pno, alto sax, vln, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
clarinet in Bb (+cl(Eb))
alto saxophone in Eb
bassoon
horn in F
trumpet in C
percussion
harp
piano
violin
violoncello
contrabass
tape
loudspeaker in the hall
Scenery:
1 Grunddekoration mit Projektionen
Duration:
variable 150–180'
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Work introduction

As you already know, Votre Faust is not conventional opera. When Butor and I drafted the piece in the early 60s, we dreamt of a new form of theatre that would merge the characteristics of (modern) theatre and modern music, while at the same time approaching the baroque opera, the form of the operas of Brecht and Weill, the Japanese Noh and the théâtre de tréteaux, such as the l'Histoire du soldat – while still being completely different.

Excerpt from a letter from Henri Pousseur to Universal Edition on 6 November 1995

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World première

Location:
Gelsenkirchen
Date:
13.03.1982

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