Anton Bruckner: The Man and the Work by Constantin Floros

By Constantin Floros

Whereas unappreciated and debatable in the course of so much of his lifestyles, Anton Bruckner is at the present time considered as the best symphonist among Beethoven and Gustav Mahler - when it comes to originality, boldness and monumentality of his track. a dead ringer for Bruckner the fellow, even though, continues to be severe example of the tenacious energy 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 examine is that opposite to what has hitherto been asserted, there's an intimate relation among Bruckner’s sacred track and his symphonies from a number of views: biographical facts, assets and impacts, the psychology of production, musical constitution, modern testimony and reception historical past. extra chapters check very important Bruckner recordings and interpreters and the progressiveness of his track.

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Gustav Riehl. 4 Bruckner’s interest in the extraordinary was not limited to scientific discoveries and existential borderline situations, but also extended to the vast field of compositional science. It is generally known with what rigor, discipline and conscientiousness he had pursued his studies in music theory. As a teacher, too, he placed a high value on the exact observance of the rules. As his pupil Franz Marschner recorded: “He worked very slowly, both for himself and with us, because most thoroughly.

He championed both Bruckner and Brahms (which offended Bruckner) and conducted several of Bruckner’s symphonies in Vienna, mostly with great success: on February 20, 1881, the Fourth, on March 21, 1886, the Seventh, on December 21, 1890, the reworked Third, on December 13, 1891, the “Viennese” version of the First, on December 18, 1892, the second version of the Eighth and on November 25, 1894, the Second. 4 Felix Mottl (1856-1911), finally, the youngest of the “guardians,” had studied music theory under Bruckner at the Conservatory of the Society of the Friends of Music in Vienna.

In June of 1872, Bruckner’s Mass in F minor was performed in the Augustine church in Vienna. 15 Still quite positive, but now noticeably distanced was Hanslick’s review of the premiere of the Second Symphony in October of 1873 in Vienna. 16 From all this it seems probable that for a while Hanslick had some sympathy for Bruckner. That changed radically when Bruckner, in a lengthy letter of April 18, 1874, applied to the Ministry for Culture and Instruction for a “permanent appointment (with a salary and eligibility for a pension)” as an instructor in music theory at the university.

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