By Bruckner, Anton; Floros, Constantin; Bernhardt-Kabisch, Ernest; Bruckner, Anton
Whereas unappreciated and arguable in the course of such a lot of his existence, Anton Bruckner is this present day considered as the best symphonist among Beethoven and Gustav Mahler - when it comes to originality, boldness and monumentality of his tune. just like Bruckner the fellow, although, continues 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 research 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, assets and impacts, the psychology of construction, musical constitution, modern testimony and reception historical past. extra chapters check very important Bruckner recordings and interpreters and the progressiveness of his tune
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Extra info for Anton Bruckner: The Man and the Work. Translated by Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch
Since he received nothing but bad critiques from the leading Viennese press, it meant much to him for at least the few papers that were well-disposed toward him to publish reports about successful performances in Vienna or abroad. For a long time, his symphonies were regarded not only as overly long but also as difficult to play. Some of his pupils therefore did their best to present the works to the public in the form of piano reductions, in the context of the concerts of Vienna’s Academic Wagner Society.
Embalmed) by Professor Richard Paltauf, with whom he had already come to an understanding. ”10 Bruckner thus wished to be embalmed, and his metal casket was not to be buried beneath the floor. In all probability these provisions are connected with his religious beliefs. He was by no means unreflective but thought a great deal about death and an afterlife. 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.
The story of the publication of Bruckner’s scores is a chapter all its own. 12 For of the altogether 131 complete works listed in the index of his works, at least 30, nearly one fourth, that is, were printed during his lifetime. The story of the publications, however, was erratic in its course. After the two early printings from the time in Linz, those of the Germanenzug (WAB 70) and the hymn In St. Angelum custodem (WAB 18), no other work of his appeared in print for ten long years. In 1878, the Third Symphony (WAB 103) came out at the instigation of Theodor Rättig, and only during the years between 1884 and 1894, after Bruckner’s fame had begun to spread, twenty-seven additional works appeared.