Composer: Charles Gounod
Premiere: Paris, 1859.
Title: Faust Waltz, or, Faust No. 1
Publication series: "Scraps From The Operas Arranged For Two Guitars By Justin Holland"
Number: 1 of 20
Scrap 1: Tempo di Valse.
From Act 2 (of 5) is the famous Faust Waltz, or "Ainsi que la brise legere" ("As the breeze raises dust, we are caught up in the waltz!") While the townspeople sing and dance in the square, the meeting of Faust and Marguerite, which was set up by Mephistopheles, takes place.
Scrap 2 (at 1:22): Piu Mod.
In Act 3 Marguerite sings the famous Jewel Song, or "Ah! je ris de me voir" ("Ah! How I laugh to see myself so beautiful in this mirror! Is it really you, Marguerite?") Marguerite is thrilled with the casket of jewels left on her doorstep. She adorns herself, and then looks in the mirror in the bottom of the box. Mephistopheles conjured up this box of jewels as a present from Faust. Poor Siebel's gift of flowers seems pathetic in comparison.
Within Holland's abbreviated Jewel Song is a section marked "Piu lento" (at 2:08). I haven't found this minor mode section in the Jewel Song or anywhere in the opera. Was it in the source Holland worked from, or did he compose it?
Scrap 3 (at 2:55): Tempo primo.
Reprise of the Faust Waltz.
Justin Holland (1819-1887) was a 19th-century black American guitarist. He was the most important guitarist of his generation. Over 300 of his guitar arrangements were published. His earlier editions predate the Civil War. He would have been a household name to anyone who played guitar in that era of home music-making.
Moreover, Justin Holland devoted much of his life to working for the end of slavery and the advancement of his race. He participated in the operation of the Underground Railroad in Cleveland. He secured recognition of African-American Freemasons by white Freemasons in Europe. He joined other African-American leaders in local, state, and national Negro Conventions.
Guitar Primo (left) - Bob Wysong (Faust Waltz sections)
Guitar Primo (left) - Chris Braddock (Jewel Song section)
Guitar Secondo (right) - Donald Sauter
Recorded: ca 2008
Credit: Sheet music from the collection of the Library of Congress. Color drawing by Byam Shaw, from "Favourite Operas" by J. Cuthbert Hadden (Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1910). Other stills from old copies of "The Victrola Book of the Opera" (5th through 10th editions, copyright 1919-1929.)
Feel free to download mp3s of the "opera scraps" at: http://www.donaldsauter.com/justin-ho...
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