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Ferruccio Busoni works

Many of Ferruccio Busoni's compositions and adaptations kept repertoire after the composer's death in 1924. His discography includes operas, concertos, chamber music and art songs. A pianist himself, he wrote original compositions, adaptations and concertante music for the instrument, often playing the premieres. Busoni wrote many transcriptions and adaptations of the works of other composers, notably Johann Sebastian Bach, culminating in the Bach-Busoni Edition.Solo piano Busoni's repertoire pieces for piano include his Sonata in F minor, Op. 20 (1883) and his six Sonatinas composed between 1910 and 1920. Many of his most popular piano pieces are adaptations, for instance his arrangement of the "chaconne" from Bach's Violin Partita No. 2. Some pieces of Busoni's Klavierübung, a multi-volume piano method, are occasionally recorded. Chamber music Busoni's chamber music is performed less often, but among the pieces that kept repertoire are his two first String Quartets, and an early Concerto for Piano and String Quartet. Songs Some of Busoni's Lieder were performed in the second half of the 20th century, for instance by Fischer-Dieskau, and kept repertoire into the 21st century. Orchestral music Busoni's music for piano and orchestra, including his monumental Piano Concerto with a chorus in the last movement, kept repertoire into the 21st century. He also composed a Violin Concerto, of which a live performance was recorded in 1936. Among other orchestral works staged and/or recorded after 1724 are several suites and a concert overture. Opera Busoni's three completed operas, Die Brautwahl (1911), Arlecchino (1916) and Turandot (1917) were all restaged and recorded after the composer's death. Doktor Faust, his last opera, was, after completion by Philipp Jarnach, premiered in Dresden in 1925. By 1995 this opera had been staged some 25 times.
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