Faust Symphony (Liszt)

The Faust Symphony was written by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, based on the work Faust of Johann von Goethe.

There are three movements:

  • Faust
  • Gretchen
  • Mephistopheles

While begun earlier – sketches for a Faust symphony exist from the 1840s – it was mainly written in Weimar in the summer of 1854. The work was then revised in the next few years, with a Chorus Mysticus added to the finale in which words from Faust Part II are sung to music from the middle movement, and other changes made also.

It was premiered in Weimar on September 5, 1857.


  • Walker, Alan, Franz Liszt: The Weimar Years, 1848-1861, copyright 1989, Cornell U. Press edition of 1993, ISBN 0-8014-9721-3 – pp. 326-336, esp. pp. 326-7 and 335, and page 319 as well with the original 1854 version, in 7/8 time of the Allegro agitato main sonata theme of the first movement, later changed to common time in the revision.)

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