By Bruckner, Anton; Floros, Constantin; Bernhardt-Kabisch, Ernest; Bruckner, Anton
Whereas unappreciated and debatable 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. clone of Bruckner the fellow, although, 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 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 information, assets and affects, the psychology of construction, musical constitution, modern testimony and reception heritage. extra chapters investigate very important Bruckner recordings and interpreters and the progressiveness of his track
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You are better off earning your keep making piano reductions. ” Poor Bruckner just cringed – perhaps because he was afraid of losing his position. But he suffered most from the attacks of those segments of the Viennese press that vehemently opposed him as a composer. His relation to Eduard Hanslick, the powerful “high priest of music,” has been repeatedly described from a variety of angles. But it appears as if the psychological implications of the antagonism have not hitherto been examined sufficiently.
It would be easy for my enemies to push me out of the Conservatory. I am surprised that hasn’t happened yet. Students at the University, faculty at the 31 Conservatory, even the servants there are appalled by the conduct toward me. My life has lost all interest and enjoyment – in vain and for nothing. ”11 Again and again he thought about emigrating abroad, if it were possible to obtain a position there. Bruckner’s complaints were not unfounded. In the Conservatory, he had to bear the petty chicaneries of his colleague Leopold Alexander Zellner, who, for instance, had the lights turned off while Bruckner was still teaching.
He made two other provisions. , embalmed) by Professor Richard Paltauf, with whom he had already come to an understanding. ”10 Bruckner thus wished to be embalmed, and his metal casket was not to be buried beneath the floor. In all probability these provisions are connected with his religious beliefs. He was by no means unreflective but thought a great deal about death and an afterlife. In a now lost pocket calendar he wrote down a sentence of the anatomist Josef Hyrtl from the latter’s 1864 inaugural address as president of the University of Vienna.
Anton Bruckner: The Man and the Work. Translated by Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch by Bruckner, Anton; Floros, Constantin; Bernhardt-Kabisch, Ernest; Bruckner, Anton