Constantin Floros's Anton Bruckner: The Man and the Work PDF

By Constantin Floros

ISBN-10: 363161439X

ISBN-13: 9783631614396

Whereas unappreciated and debatable in the course of so much of his lifestyles, Anton Bruckner is this day considered as the best symphonist among Beethoven and Gustav Mahler - when it comes to originality, boldness and monumentality of his song. identical to Bruckner the fellow, although, continues 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 learn 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, resources and affects, the psychology of construction, musical constitution, modern testimony and reception historical past. extra chapters verify vital Bruckner recordings and interpreters and the progressiveness of his song.

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5 Hermann Levi was in some sense Bruckner’s protector. 7 There are, however, some other aspects to this. ” He therefore needed “guardians,” trustees, agents, executors, brilliant and famous conductors, who took charge of his symphonies and were able also to carry them through. Incidentally, the passage from one of his letters to Felix Mottl prefixed as motto to this chapter make clear that he demanded the utmost from his “guardians”/interpreters, namely total commitment, enthusiasm for his work, identification with him and meticulous rehearsing.

He could imagine himself in the psychic condition of people in desperate straits and was burningly interested in existential questions: the borderline situations of life, the torments of solitude and the reality of death. His religious preoccupation with the doctrine of salvation certainly had much to do with this. 47 Religiosity Bruckner was a believer without compare. He believed with an intensity and power that bordered on the miraculous. Franz Schalk The more carefully one compares the reports that tell us anything about Bruckner’s renowned religiosity, the more clearly a many-facetted picture emerges.

Bruckner would soon rue the removal to Vienna, as the hopes he had attached to his new field of activity were fulfilled either not at all or only hesitantly. Though appointed, on September 4, 1868, as the “prospective” court organist at the court chapel, the post was at first an unpaid honorary 28 one. His initial financial situation in Vienna was meager, his income from the Conservatory small. He had financial worries, was forced to run up debts and give private lessons to survive. 9 Bruckner poured out his distress to his Linz supporter Moritz von Mayfeld.

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