By Constantin Floros
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 track. similar to Bruckner the guy, notwithstanding, remains 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 learn 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 investigate vital Bruckner recordings and interpreters and the progressiveness of his track.
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How often they console me! This relic will be precious and priceless to me to the end of my life. And what joy it is to look at it frequently! etc. 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.
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. He received virtually no honoraria for the printing of his works. On the contrary, Friedrich Eckstein, the Schalk brothers and Hermann Levi, who tirelessly promoted the printing of the works, were forced to raise money, and the Te Deum was published by Theodor Rättig only after Friedrich Eckstein had assumed the printing costs himself.
In a famous report, he requested that Bruckner’s application be turned down. 18 Thereupon Bruckner, in a third petition, presented suitable evaluations and compositions to the Dean of the Philosophic Faculty, but this time, too, Hanslick refused to yield. It was only after a member of the Reichstag for Upper Austria had intervened that Bruckner submitted a fourth petition, this time for a lectureship in harmony and counterpoint and Hanslick’s ferocious resistance could finally be broken. By decree of the ministry, Bruckner was appointed on November 8, 1875, as an unsalaried lecturer.
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