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Today’s Memory – Anton Bruckner

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Anton Bruckner

4 September 1824, Ansfelden – 11 October 1896, Vienna


Anton Bruckner was an Austrian composer of a number of highly original and monumental symphonies. He was also an organist and teacher who composed much sacred and secular choral music.

Bruckner was the son of a village schoolmaster and organist in Upper Austria. He showed talent on the violin and spinet by the age of four, and by age 10 he was deputizing at the church organ. In 1837, Bruckner entered the monastery-school of St. Florian as a choir boy. This splendid Baroque foundation, with its magnificent organ, was to remain Bruckner’s spiritual home.

Anton Bruckner – Symphony Nr 4 Wiener Philharmoniker, Conductor: Claudio Abbado

The first symphonies are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, strongly polyphonic character, and considerable length. Bruckner’s compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies.

Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Conductor Claudio Abbado

Unlike other musical radicals, such as Richard Wagner or Hugo Wolf, Bruckner showed extreme humility before other musicians, Wagner in particular. This apparent dichotomy between Bruckner the man and Bruckner the composer hampers efforts to describe his life in a way that gives a straightforward context for his music.

Anton Bruckner – Symphony No.9 in D minor



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