By Constantin Floros
Whereas unappreciated and arguable in the course of such a lot of his lifestyles, 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 track. similar to Bruckner the guy, despite 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 impacts, the psychology of production, musical constitution, modern testimony and reception background. extra chapters verify vital Bruckner recordings and interpreters and the progressiveness of his tune.
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At this point at the latest, his resolve to make composing the “chief task” of his life was probably confirmed. Since he was greatly taxed by his many professional obligations, he had little time left for composing, which required sustained concentration and was a also considerable strain on his “nerves,” Time and again he was compelled to address petitions for salary increments, stipends and financial support to various recipients. 9 Nearly all of these requests remained initially without success.
13 Bruckner had gotten to know Hanslick at the latest during his time in Linz. In September of 1863, he met him in Munich and conversed at length with him. On January 21, 1865, he asked Rudolf Weinwurm, who was working as chorus master at the University in Vienna, to send Hanslick the score of his D-minor Mass. Early in 1865, the festival of the choral union took place in Linz, during which Bruckner’s Germanenzug (“The Germanic Migra- 32 tion”), after a poem by August Silberstein, was successfully premiered.
9 Nearly all of these requests remained initially without success. ” Bruckner to Moritz von Mayfeld When Bruckner died on October 11, 1896, in his last apartment in the upper Belvedere, the news spread like a wildfire, and according to his last physician, Dr. 1 The worth of that was estimated by the executor, Dr. Theodor Reisch, as amounting to 20,000 florins, including ca. 14,000 in ready cash. 2 His estate was thus a respectable one – Bruckner died by no means as a pauper. 3 The question is: was he dependent on the honoraria for these private lessons, or were those persons right who imputed “greed” and “avarice” to him?
Anton Bruckner: The Man and the Work by Constantin Floros