The son of an Italian musician father and a German pianist mother, Ferruccio Busoni represented a remarkable synthesis of two differing attitudes to music, while winning an
outstanding reputation as a piano virtuoso. Busoni composed operas, including Turandot and Doktor Faust, a series of Orchestral music, including a piano concerto that also uses a male
chorus in the finale, and various pieces of chamber music.
Of the various works Busoni composed or transcribed for the piano one of the most impressive is the famous arrangement of Bach's Chaconne for unaccompanied violin, one of a number of
works based on Bach. His Fantasia after Bach and the much revised Fantasia Contrappuntistica demonstrate something of his musical preoccupations.
Biography selected from Naxos, the World's Leading Classical Music Label.
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