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Brief synopsis' of the most popular classical music compositions by

Josef Anton Bruckner...

Austrian, Ansfelden 4 SEP 1824 ~ Vienna, 11 OCT 1896
9 Symphonies, 3 Masses, String Quartets,
Orchestral and Choral Works

  • Bruckner Christus Factus Est
    from an original choral work by Bruckner.

  • Bruckner Sym No 0
    Anton Bruckner distroyed many of his youthful works. His early Sym in d minor was a manuscript that escaped that fate and was published after his death in 1896, as number zero in d minor.

  • Bruckner Sym No 1
    (in c)(Known as the Linz version) Published, as the 1st Sym, but it was the third product in the symphonic form by the Austrian composer and organist. Anton Bruckner was born on September 4th 1824. He is noted for his lengthy symphonies. The first in c minor, was written after his 40th birthday. Completed in April of 1866 and FP in May of 1868. There was a revised edition prepared in Vienna in 1890.

  • Bruckner Sym No 2 in c minor
    In its' final form, the sym was published after three revisions in 1877. The FP of the first version was in Vienna on October 26th, 1873.

  • Bruckner Sym No 3 in d minor
    FP Dec 1877 under Bruckner. Not too well received by the audience. Many left before it was over. Many orchestra members even left the stage before Bruckner could take a bow. He tinkered with the score for many years but Leopold Novak revised the score in 1889 from what Bruckner left a year earlier. The third revised version was FP in Vienna in December of 1890. Critics note it is an assertive work and elaborately scored.

  • Bruckner Sym No 4 in E flat major, Romantic
    The only Bruckner symphony with a title.
    He started this work when he was 49 years old, in 1873-74. There were some revisions in 1874 and 1881. There were later publication tamperings and an edition by Leopold Novak, who restored the work and worked on Bruckner's dramatic ending which was arranged for conductor Anton Seidl. FP in Vienna in 1881, but conducted by Hans Richter. After another revision the first printed edition came out in Vienna in 1889. The movements of the piece suggest the mood of a medieval city...knights riding into the countryside, forest noices and bird songs...the hunting of the hare and a festival.

  • Bruckner Sym No 5 in B flat major
    Written in 1877 and revised in 1878 and FP on April 8th, 1894. Bruckner never heard this symphony performed. Many cuts have been made with reorchestration including an extra brass section. In recent years the work has been performed as the composer intended.

  • Bruckner Sym No 6 in A major
    Perhaps the most neglected of the Bruckner symphonies. This the shortest of his mammothly long symphonic works. Finished in 1881 when the composer was in his 57th year. FP in Vienna in February of 1883.

  • Bruckner Sym No 7 in E major
    This sym won wide praise and acceptance throughout Europe and the United States. The dirge like second MMT was a memorial to Wagner and very popular. Wagner died during the period it was being composed. One of the classic performances on record is in the Columbia catalog (Sony) by Bruno Walter, just before his death.

  • Bruckner Sym No 8 in C minor
    Composed in 1884-90. FP in Vienna December 18, 1892 under Hans Richter. Many musicians called it an unperformable monstrosity. He redrafted the score in 1889-90. There are two contemporary versions of the work. One edited by Haas and the other by Novak. There is only a 50 bar difference in the two, in the final movement.

  • Bruckner Sym No 9 in d
    Anton Bruckner was born on September 4, 1824 in Austria. He died in Vienna on October 11, 1896. The composer and organist wrote nine symphonies. Excluding a youthful work found after his death known as Sym Zero. The last, known as the Ninths, was not completed at his death, but most critics agree to its' completeness as it is. Bruckner dedicated the sym "to my Dear God", thus the ending is an adagio concluding the third a mood of peace and tranquility. FP in Vienna February - 1903.
    Musicologist Deryck Cooke notes the turmoil, perplexity and pain in the music, but at its' core is the unshaken faith of a deeply religious man which eventually finds his peace in the conclusion of the work.

  • Bruckner Te Deum
    Bruckner began working on his 'Te Deum' in 1881. It was first heard in May 1885 with two pianos... and later with full orchestra in 1886.

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