Demian – Mefistofele

“Son lo spirito che nega” (Whistle Aria), from Mefistofele by Boito, performed by Bryn Terfel

“‘The day after tomorrow I’ll whistle for you…’ I think if I suddenly heard Kromer’s whistle again, even now, so many years later, it would scare me.”

Demian, Hermann Hesse

“In European culture, the devil signals his presence or is summoned by a whistle, as illustrated in Der Frischütz by Carl Maria von Weber, which opera-loving Hesse probably knew, as well as in Boito’s Mefistofele.

-Introduction to Demian, by Ralph Freedman


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