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Neil McGowan
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« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2012, 10:13:44 am »

I've been listening to the clips of Havergal Brian's opera FAUST kindly uploaded by member MVS.

Just a question on an informational point - do we know why Brian wrote the work in German? Yes, obviously it's by Goethe, but few other composers (except, ehem, Rufus Wainwright and Philip Glass) have felt obliged to write operas in languages utterly alien to their audiences?  I'm afraid I found something slightly daft in hearing British singers performing British music in a British performance... in German?  Huh  It seems to me Brian only created further hurdles for ever getting this piece staged?
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