Anton Bruckner: The Man and the Work by Constantin Floros

By Constantin Floros

Whereas unappreciated and arguable 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. clone of Bruckner the fellow, besides 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 song and his symphonies from a number of views: biographical facts, assets and affects, the psychology of construction, musical constitution, modern testimony and reception historical past. extra chapters check vital Bruckner recordings and interpreters and the progressiveness of his track.

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17 Interest in the Extraordinary “It remains a psychological enigma, how this gentlest and most peaceable of men – and one no longer all that young, either – at the moment of composing turns into an anarchist, who mercilessly sacrifices everything one would call logic and clarity of development, unity of form and tonality” Eduard Hanslick about Bruckner Unlike some of his chief contemporaries – Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf – Bruckner was interested neither in literature nor in the theater or the philosophical debates of his time.

By decree of the ministry, Bruckner was appointed on November 8, 1875, as an unsalaried lecturer. He was undoubtedly right when, on October 1, 1876, he wrote to the Berlin critic Wilhelm Tappert: “Because of my activity at the university as an unpaid lecturer for harmony and counterpoint, Dr. ”19 33 It has been asserted that Hanslick’s objections to Bruckner’s appointment were purely factual – a contention only superficially correct. 20 Evidently his one-time friendship with Bruckner at some point turned into opposition and spiteful enmity.

When Otto Kitzler, a excellent musician who was open to the New Music, came to Linz in 1861, where he worked at the municipal theater, first as a cellist and eventually as conductor, Bruckner was able to obtain him as a teacher for the theory of musical form, instrumentation and composition. Bruckner distinguished himself by his high sense of responsibility, exceptional conscientiousness and enormous self-discipline. One can but marvel at the intensity with which he pursued his studies, his perseverance and staying power.

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