The Master and Margarita in music

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Besides movie and theatre makers, there are also many musicians who found their inspiration in The Master and Margarita. The first one, and not the least, was Mick Jagger, who got the then newly published novel in 1967 from his then girlfriend Marianne Faithfull, and who would, for the first time in the history of The Rolling Stones, write a song on his own, without the help of his musical twin brother Keith Richard.

The song Sympathy For The Devil was seized by many offended parents as another proof that rock and roll was demonic music, but it didn't help. The Stones are still playing the song on every concert, and the youngsters of the 21th century love it as if it was a song of their own era.

But many other artists wanted to express how they were inspired, moved or touched by certain scenes or by the novel as a whole. From classic to house, from jazz to folk, the palette is very colourful. We found more than 200 songs and musical pieces inspired by The Master and Margarita. You can use the menu on the right to stroll through it.

There's a possibility that I missed some musical adaptations of The Master and Margarita in this overview. So if you happen to know about others, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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More music

Besides the music of artists who have been inspired by the novel to create their musical works, you can find more music on this site:

In the section Themes, Style and Form you can find  an overview of the musical works to which Mikhail Bulgakov refers himself in The Master and Margarita.

Click here to read more about the music in the novel

In the section Context section you can find an overview of the musical landscape in the Soviet Union and the various ways that the government invented to control the production and distribution of music.

Click here to read more about the musical landscape in the Soviet Union

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