Ferruccio Busoni (1866 − 1924) is considered to be one of the most important virtuosi of his time. It is unjust that the pianist, composer, arranger, music theorist and collector has been forgotten. With their  range of themes and talents his musical works, his texts, letters and drawings illustrate the radical change leading to the century of the Modern Age. Busoni continually translates his observations into new artistic ideas. It is this comprehensive view of things that still distinguishes the cosmopolitan and passionate artist today.

The exhibition “BUSONI. Free Musical Art!” traces the many aspects of this personality. To mark the 150th anniversary of his birth the Music Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung and the Kunstbibliothek − Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are showing facets from the life and work of Busoni: letters, manuscripts, music scores and photographs from his estate, which have been stored in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin since 1925, are surrounded by works of art that Busoni occupied himself with throughout his life. Thus there is a lively exchange between the arts in the exhibition such as that which Busoni himself cultivated.

Master Students of Prof. Klaus Hellwig will be presenting some of the most influential works of Feruccio Busoni at a concert at the Curt-Sachs-Saal of the Museum of Musical Instruments in Berlin.


F. Busoni

Sonatina No. 2, BV 259

J. S. Bach - F. Busoni

Orgelchoralvorspiele von Johann Sebastian Bach, BV B 27

"Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf"
"Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gemein"
"Ich ruf' zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ"