Busoni, Ferruccio Dante Michelangiolo Benvenuto

Empoli 1866 - Berlin 1924




The son of an Italian musician father and a German pianist mother, Ferruccio Busoni represented a remarkable synthesis of two differing attitudes to music, while winning an outstanding reputation as a piano virtuoso. Busoni composed operas, including Turandot and Doktor Faust, a series of Orchestral music, including a piano concerto that also uses a male chorus in the finale, and various pieces of chamber music.


Piano Music
Of the various works Busoni composed or transcribed for the piano one of the most impressive is the famous arrangement of Bach's Chaconne for unaccompanied violin, one of a number of works based on Bach. His Fantasia after Bach and the much revised Fantasia Contrappuntistica demonstrate something of his musical preoccupations.


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