Faust – A popular German legend: original music

  • Regia: F.W. Murnau
  • Musica: Commento musicale originale: Cristiano Alberghini
  • Durata: 117'‘
  • Anno: (1926) - 2012

Il progetto, in breve


Mephistopheles bets with the Archangel Gabriel who will be able to corrupt the soul of an honest person: if successful, the forces of Evil will have the dominion of the Earth. Therefore, the devil spreads a terrible plague in the village where Faust, an elderly alchemist lives, and later presents himself in the presence of man proposing a covenant: his soul in exchange for the possibility of performing miracles.

Evil and good, plague and love are contrasts and joints, black and white, accentuated by esoteric images on the verge of visibility; we often get confused by impressions and end up being kidnapped. When Dr. Faust meets Margaret, we love suddenly, Murnau’s shadows fade into broad sheen that transpires, the images widen and it almost seems like the film takes on color.



Alessio Alberghini – Flute, Clarinet, Sax Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone

Roberto Ferioli – Trumpet C, Piccolo Trumpet, Cornet

Sebastian Mannutza – Violin

Roberta Marzoli – Violin

Fabio Costantini – Electric and acoustic Guitar

Catia Zaccaria – Piano

Elisa Del Piccolo – Keyboard

Francesco Boni – Electric Bass and Double Bass

Daniel Csaba – Percussion

Alberto Coda – Drum Kit

Cristiano Alberghini – Conductor and Composer

"The writing of this score has been very stimulating from the beginning.
It gave me the opportunity to exploit different techniques of musical writing, so that I could better adapt them to the dramaturgy of the film ".


The most demanding part was the sound research closely linked to the proposed orchestral organ: from Violin to Electric Guitar .
This allowed me together with the musicians to deepen the techniques of their instruments and to seek the best sound for each sequence of the film.

My technical-stylistic choice for writing this score of almost 2 hours of uninterrupted music, is that of cinematographic writing, then identified the main characters and their characters, I have used their thematic-musical characterization.

In this way a theme chosen for an emotional situation or for a character, is from time to time presented again with different nuances, re-elaborating, rearranging and reorganizing the melodic and harmonic material both from the point of view of real writing and from the point of view of instrumental timbre.
We move from dramatic tonal moments to atonic comic moments, suspense situations to more romantic moments.

In addition to the 10 musicians who will perform live and in synchronization with the film, in this score, I used an audio track overlaid on the “film” with some noises to underline and contextualize some situations in a diagetic sense. Another type of effect that I have included is the use of very reverberated drums in such a way as to convey a feeling of depth and psychological conditioning for the situation in which we find ourselves in the film. – Cristiano Alberghini “