By Constantin Floros
Whereas unappreciated and debatable in the course of such a lot of his lifestyles, Anton Bruckner is at the present time considered as the best symphonist among Beethoven and Gustav Mahler - by way of originality, boldness and monumentality of his song. similar to Bruckner the guy, in spite of 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 examine 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 info, assets and impacts, the psychology of construction, musical constitution, modern testimony and reception background. extra chapters determine vital Bruckner recordings and interpreters and the progressiveness of his song.
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Much later, Bruckner once told his pupil Dr. 3 Upon the completion of his studies in November of 1861, he voluntarily underwent the notorious and notoriously strict examination at the Conservatory of the Friends of Music in Vienna, which he passed with flying colors. ” From Sechter, Bruckner learned to master the strict compositional (contrapuntal) technique in all its nuances. Even so, he sensed that his musical education was rather one-sided. Until 1861, he had not come in contact with the really “new music” of his time, the music of Wagner, Berlioz and Liszt.
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.
8 A strong, unshakable self-awareness speaks from these sentences with their religious vocabulary. When the Saxon painter Fritz Uhde, who was working on a Last Supper in 1885, met Bruckner in Munich, he supposedly asked the latter’s friend Carl Almeroth to prevail upon Bruckner to sit for the head of one of the apostles. 9 It is often said that Bruckner was difficult, overly sensitive, even mimosa-like, and that he could be altogether unjust at times. These and similar assertions sound “objective,” but they often mislead, because they leave crucial psychological factors out of account.
Anton Bruckner: The Man and the Work by Constantin Floros