He is on the lookout. After himself, about his life. He doubts any sense, is about to poison himself, as the Easter song evokes memories of his childhood and dissuades him from this endeavor. It is Faust, the eternal doubter, the eternal seekers. The Lonely. He gets involved in an encounter with Mephistopheles, the first to bring him the pleasures in Auerbachs Keller, then in Marguerite's bedroom close. It seems as if the Unstable had finally found his destiny, but the elation lasts only a short time. Faust goes back into nature, but leaves behind a trail of destruction that ultimately catches up with him and brings into hell. The pact this he signed voluntarily.
With La damnation de Faust Berlioz is one of the first artists in the footsteps of Goethe, Faust give the fabric its own interpretation. Although it is based on the work of the German poet, he already makes clear in the title that it is about another story to him. The music guides the literary motifs continued on a new level and with highly differentiated orchestral use Berlioz produces sound paintings that take the listener into its extreme contrasts on a fantastic journey.