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The salvation role of Gretchen, embodying the “Ewig-Weibliche,” has already been mentioned by several scholars analyzing Liszt’s “Faust” Symphony. According to them, Liszt found the most direct models to the characterization of the female protagonist of his work in Wagner’s operas. This interpretation can be made more differentiated in the view of another musical quotation of the “Gretchen” movement of the Symphony. I would like to go further on the basis of some concrete musical analogies, following the genesis of the composition and Liszt’s writings. I seek to answer the following questions: How much is Goethe’s Gretchen preserved in Liszt’s work? What are the influences of Gretchen’s contemporary musical characterizations known by Liszt, related to his own work? Last but not least, what kind of connections do exist between the Gretchen of the “Faust” Symphony and the other female characters in Liszt’s works?

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, Gisela Jia and Susan Carey . 2016 . Numerical morphology supports early number word learning: Evidence from a comparison of young Mandarin and English learners . Cognitive Psychology 88 . 162 – 186 . Le Corre , Mathieu , Gretchen Van

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Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 2010 13 373 381 Kroll, Judith F. and Gretchen Sunderman. 2003

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