By Bruckner, Anton; Floros, Constantin; Bernhardt-Kabisch, Ernest; Bruckner, Anton
Whereas unappreciated and debatable 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 guy, despite the fact that, 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 track and his symphonies from a number of views: biographical facts, resources and affects, the psychology of construction, musical constitution, modern testimony and reception background. extra chapters examine very important Bruckner recordings and interpreters and the progressiveness of his track
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Later on, Bruckner would use a similarly warm tone in his letters to his favorite pupils Josef and Franz Schalk, who tirelessly and entirely unselfishly intervened in his behalf. ”14 One will not find similar emotional outpourings in letters that the amorous young Bruckner addressed to young women: “decency” forbade it. 15 In later years he was less reserved in this respect. 16 On May 11, 1885, he thanked her for the “gorgeous picture” and indirectly confessed his love to her: “Those innocent beautiful eyes!
32 Brucknr’s hope that the triumphant performance of the Seventh in Vienna would soon bring about a positive change in his situation was not fulfilled at first. ” And a few months later, on November 16, 1886, he wrote to Hermann Levi: “Things are back as they were in Vienna. ”34 The reality, however, is that the successful performance of the Seventh in March of 1886 had a significant impact on Vienna. Bruckner was gradually able to prevail. On November 7, 1891, the University of Vienna, in a festive session, bestowed the title of an honorary doctorate on him, and the premiere of the Eighth Symphony under Hans Richter on December 18, 1892, was a triumphant success for him.
I also beg for your cherished friendship, dearest Miss! May I never be deprived of it! ”17 In language, Bruckner could express his feelings for the most part only discreetly. How hard it was for him to leave his beloved activity as organist at the old cathedral in Linz one can tell from one touching detail. ”18 This brief good-bye reveals more than even his letters about his feelings. It is in his stirring music, however, that Bruckner’s emotionality finds its transcendent expression. 24 The “Passionate Urge to Compose” Compared with the careers of other leading composers of the 19th century, Bruckner’s course of development seems in several respects unusual, Until his 31st year he essentially worked in the teaching profession, being active as “school assistant” and then as “junior teacher” in Windhaag, in Kronstorf and in the parish of St.