Anton Bruckner: The Man and the Work by Constantin Floros

By Constantin Floros

Whereas unappreciated and debatable in the course of such a lot of his existence, Anton Bruckner is this day considered as the best symphonist among Beethoven and Gustav Mahler - when it comes to originality, boldness and monumentality of his tune. identical to Bruckner the guy, besides the fact that, remains to be severe example of the tenacious strength of prejudice. No much less a determine than Gustav Mahler coined the aperçu approximately Bruckner being «a simpleton - part genius, part imbecile». the writer is out to right that misperception. His thesis during this learn is that opposite to what has hitherto been asserted, there's an intimate relation among Bruckner’s sacred song and his symphonies from a number of views: biographical information, resources and affects, the psychology of construction, musical constitution, modern testimony and reception heritage. extra chapters check very important Bruckner recordings and interpreters and the progressiveness of his tune.

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Florian, Bruckner had ample opportunity to acquaint himself with sacred music from the late Renaissance through the Romantic period. His own early work is both voluminous and varied and is revealing for his later oeuvre. Chief creations in the years between 1843 and 1855 include a Requiem in D minor (WAB 39) on the death of one of his supporters, the court scribe Franz Sailer, and a Missa Solemnis in B flat minor (WAB 29), composed in 1854 for the solemn investiture of the newly elected prelate Friedrich Mayer, who was welldisposed toward Bruckner.

Questions like that can be answered only case by case. ”3 Who these “enemies” were he does not say in so many words. But one should probably look for them in the vicinity of the singing circle Frohsinn (“Mirth”), which Bruckner had joined as an active member in March of 1856, where from September 7, 1860, he functioned as first chorus master, and from which he resigned a year later. ”4 In an attempt to improve his finances, Bruckner, who from the start had not been happy in Vienna, accepted an offer in October of 1870 to give piano lessons at the teacher seminary of St.

Right now it’s just mostly homework. ” This was the moment when Bruckner felt ready for church music. ”5 The studies with Kitzler have a special importance for his compositional development. He got to know the score of Wagner’s Tannhäuser and, on February 12, 1863, witnessed the Linz premiere of the work. It made such a lasting impression on him that it is no exaggeration to say that this Wagner experience set off a new and in fact the decisive creative impulse in him. He discovered himself and began to develop his own style but also became a Wagnerian, who all his life remained loyal to the then notorious as well 26 as noted Bayreuth master.

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