By Bruckner, Anton; Floros, Constantin; Bernhardt-Kabisch, Ernest; Bruckner, Anton
Whereas unappreciated and arguable in the course of such a lot of his lifestyles, Anton Bruckner is this day considered as the best symphonist among Beethoven and Gustav Mahler - by way of originality, boldness and monumentality of his song. a dead ringer for Bruckner the fellow, in spite of the fact that, remains 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 research is that opposite to what has hitherto been asserted, there's an intimate relation among Bruckner’s sacred tune and his symphonies from a number of views: biographical information, assets 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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22 Between 1864 and 1884, Bruckner produced an astonishing oeuvre – alongside his time-consuming teaching and his service at the Court Chapel – including six gigantic symphonies, the String Quintet and the sublime Te Deum. Yet until 1884, few of his works were premiered in Vienna. The premiere of the Third Symphony on December 16, 1877, was a spectacular flop: after every movement, members of the audience left the concert hall in droves. The Fourth was received positively in 1881, but the Fifth was never performed in Vienna during Bruckner’s life, and of the Sixth only the 34 middle movements were played in 1883.
11 Again and again he thought about emigrating abroad, if it were possible to obtain a position there. Bruckner’s complaints were not unfounded. In the Conservatory, he had to bear the petty chicaneries of his colleague Leopold Alexander Zellner, who, for instance, had the lights turned off while Bruckner was still teaching. Zellner, who for a while had taught harmony and organ-building at the Conservatory, was the general secretary of the Society of the Friends of Music and as such Bruckner’s superior.
In a now lost pocket calendar he wrote down a sentence of the anatomist Josef Hyrtl from the latter’s 1864 inaugural address as president of the University of Vienna. ”11 Bruckner had an enormous power of empathy and a considerable gift for identification. He could imagine himself in the psychic condition of people in desperate straits and was burningly interested in existential questions: the borderline situations of life, the torments of solitude and the reality of death. His religious preoccupation with the doctrine of salvation certainly had much to do with this.
Anton Bruckner: The Man and the Work. Translated by Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch by Bruckner, Anton; Floros, Constantin; Bernhardt-Kabisch, Ernest; Bruckner, Anton
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