Busoni - Piano Music

Ferruccio Busoni

Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni (1866-1924) was born in Empoli, near Florence, Italy.
He was taught by his parents, who were both professional musicians, and made a sensational public debut as a pianist at the age of seven. After holding teaching posts in Helsinki, Moscow and Boston, he settled permanently in Berlin at the age of 28, continuing to travel widely as a performer.
Busoni’s important achievements as a composer were long over-shadowed by the fact that he was generally thought the greatest piano virtuoso after Liszt.
He also made his mark as a respected teacher of both piano playing and composition, and as an editor of Bach’s keyboard music. His thoughts on Bach’s music have been highly influential, although his editions weren’t exactly what we today would call authentic. In spite of his interest in baroque and classical music, Busoni was certainly no backward-looking composer. In his writings he proposes the use of microtonal scales and electronics, and in 1912 he produced his first work “without tonality”, the Second Sonatina. Busoni’s major keyboard work, Contrapuntal Fantasy, is based on the final, incomplete fugue from Bach’s Art of Fugue. It was first published in 1910, and later revised several times.
His Piano Concerto is one of the longest ever written, at least seventy minutes in performance, and makes use of a male choir. This preference for writing long and difficult works has not made Busoni a favourite in concert halls, but through his teaching he influenced 20th century music greatly.
Among his pupils were Kurt Weill, Edgard Varèse and Stefan Wolpe; John Cage and Morton Feldman are among the later composers who have acknowledged his importance.

Busoni Piano Sheet Music

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Total pieces by Busoni: 40

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Six Pieces Op. 33

1. Schwermut N/A 18968
2. Frohsinn D Minor 18968
3. Scherzino C Major 18967
4. Fantasia in modo antico B Minor 18967
5. Finnish Ballade C Minor 18967
6. Exeunt omnes B Major 18967

Elegies

1. Nach der Wendung N/A 19078+
2. All'Italia! In modo napolitano N/A 19078+
3. Meine Seele bangt und hofft zu Dir N/A 19078
4. Turandots Frauengemach N/A 19078+
5. Die Nächtlichen N/A 19078
6. Ercheinung N/A 19078+
7. Berceuse N/A 19078

Indian Diary Book 1

Indian Diary 1 N/A 19157
Indian Diary 2 N/A 19158+
Indian Diary 3 N/A 19158+
Indian Diary 4 N/A 19158

Sonatinas

Sonatina 1 N/A 19108
Sonatina 2 N/A 19128+
Sonatina 3 N/A 19167
Sonatina 4 N/A 19177
Sonatina 5 N/A 19198
Sonatina 6 - Chamber Fantasy from the Opera Carmen by Bizet N/A 19208

Transcriptions

Bach: Chorale Prelude 1 - BWV 667 C Major 19098+
Bach: Chorale Prelude 2 - BWV 645 E-flat Major 19098+
Bach: Chorale Prelude 3 - BWV 659 G Minor 19098+
Bach: Chorale Prelude 4 - BWV 734 G Major 19098+
Bach: Chorale Prelude 5 - BWV 639 F Minor 19098+
Bach: Chorale Prelude 6 - BWV 617 A Minor 19098+
Bach: Chorale Prelude 7 - BWV 637 A Minor 19098+
Bach: Chorale Prelude 8 - BWV 705 D Minor 19098+
Bach: Chorale Prelude 9 - BWV 615 G Major 19098+
Bach: Chorale Prelude 10 - BWV 665 E Minor 19098+
Bach: Prelude & Fugue for Organ - BWV 532 D Major 18888+
Bach: Prelude & Fugue for Organ - BWV 552 E-flat Major 18908+
Bach: Toccata for Organ - BWV 564 C Major 19008+
Bach: Toccata and Fugue for Organ - BWV 565 D Minor 19008+
Bach: Chaconne for Violin - BWV 1004 D Minor 18978+

Miscellaneous pieces

Fantasy after J. S. Bach F Minor 19098+
Contrapuntal Fantasy N/A 19128+