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Works which tell or allude to the Faust tale

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  • Faust by Jules Perrot (1848)


Contemporary music


  • Randy Newman’s Faust.
  • The Little Shop of Horrors, and the stage version Little Shop of Horrors, as well as the movie version of the stage version, Little Shop of Horrors.
  • Damn Yankees.
  • The Devil Went Down to Georgia.
  • Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise has songs that allude to the tale of Faust, such as Faust and Beauty and the Beast.
  • Disco Inferno by Jai Sepple.


More music notes and addenda

  • Sarasate’s “Faust Fantasy” is a showpiece for violin and piano based on the Faust story.
  • Frank Zappa’s “Titties & Beer”, from the album “Zappa in New York” and others, has the Devil stealing the protagonist’s large-breasted girlfriend and their beer, and demands he make a deal to get them back.
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s album Beethoven’s Last Night includes Faustian references; Beethoven in a deal with Mephistopheles must choose between his, possibly fictional, tenth symphony or his soul.
  • Charles Gounod’s Ballet music from his opera Faust (1859). The ballet occurs as an interlude in the Fourth Act during the Walpurgis Night scene familiar from Goethe’s Faust Part 1. The ballet or ballet music is often performed independent of the opera.
  • Franz Liszt was fascinated by the Faust legend, particularly with the character of Mephistopheles. He wrote several musical works on this idea, including:
    • o Faust Symphony (1854-57).
    • o “Two Episodes based on Lenau’s Faust,” the second of which is the famous “Mephisto Waltz No. 1.”
    • o “Mephisto Waltzes.”
  • Gothic rock band Mephisto Waltz, probably based on Liszt’s Mephisto Waltzes.
  • Murdoc Niccals, bassist of the British animated band Gorillaz, claims he had sold his soul to the devil so that the album Demon Days would succeed, and that his middle name was Faust.
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat (1918) tells the story of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.
  • Richard Wagner’s Faust overture (1840, originally intended as the first movement of a Faust symphony).
  • Art Zoyd’s song Faust.
  • The Fall’s song Dktr Faustus (1986), also known as Faust Banana.
  • The Charlie Daniels Band’s 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
  • Avant-garde/progressive black metal band Arcturus’s album, La Masquerade Infernale (1997) alludes to the tale and is dedicated to the “Faustian spirit”.
  • American/Norwegian melodic power metal band Kamelot’s albums, Epica (2003) and The Black Halo (2005) are a two-part adaptation of the Faust legend.
  • Brian DePalma’s Phantom of the Paradise (both the plot of the movie and a musical incorporated into the movie, titled “Foster”, are based on the legend of Faust).
  • British Rock band Muse’s song ‘The Small Print’, from the album Absolution, describing the plight of Faust from the viewpoint of the Devil. The song’s working title was “Action Faust”.
  • John Adams’ opera Doctor Atomic was originally commissioned as an American Faust telling, and the composer admits that the opera still retains Faustian elements. Its subject matter is Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project.
  • English Band Dr. Faustus.
  • Brazilian death metal band Mystifier released a song on their album Wicca/Göetia entitled “The True Story about Doctor Faust’s Pact with Mephistopheles”.
  • Norwegian Black Metal act “Emperor” briefly contained a member who used the pseudonym Faust, he was imprisoned for murder in 1993 and has since been released.
  • In 2006 the German composer Ernst Heckel and the English writer Richard Bunting published a modern rock musical titled “Faust”.
  • The texts of the Dutch composer Alexander Comitas’ Walpurgisnacht, a piece for fanfare band and choir, come from Goethe’s Faust.
  • Faust is a B-side on the Gorillaz album G-Sides.
  • Faust Flag is the pseudonym for the drummer of The Pop Culture Suicides, which features ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist Zim Zum.

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