Busoni: Turandot, BV 273

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  • Composer: Ferruccio Busoni
  • Editor: Frank Reinisch
  • Format: Vocal Score
  • Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, Voice
  • Originally for: SATB Solos, Orchestra, SSATB Choir
  • Work: Turandot, BV 273
  • Work Languages: German, Italian
  • ISMN: 9790004189061
  • Size: 9.1 x 12.0 inches
  • Pages: 192
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


Busoni's work, which antedates Puccini's famous setting by a few years, seems rather cool in com-parison to the later piece. "Busoni tones down the colors of his orientalisms and totally eschews sentimental lyricism. His strengths lie especially in the scintillating, unfathomable characters and in a music that hovers in an ambivalent manner between brightness and darkness, sadness and humor, danger and harmlessness. This work of art makes its references clear: Gozzi's play about the murderous princess is peopled with familiar commedia dell'arte figures, and one is not quite sure whether this mixture of fun and danger gives a more relaxed feeling to the activity on the stage or whether it does not do precisely the opposite, adding the irreconcilable perspective of a gondola trip on the edge of a bottomless gulf. Busoni is more faithful to Gozzi than Puccini and thus to the gracious levity that hovers over the excesses of the action. His mild chinoiseries repeatedly lead to a Neo-Classicism inspired by Venetian folklore." (Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich, 1985) "Turandot" was premiered with "Arlecchino" in Zurich on 11 May 1917.

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