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The Symphonies Of Anton Bruckner Essay

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Introduction The symphonies of Anton Bruckner have been known to be majestically spiritual having ‘cathedrals in sound’. Giving a brief background of the musician and composer, Anton Bruckner was born in Ansfelden. Anton’s father was a school master who did not want that his son be a musician. However, against his father’s will, Anton studied music at St. Florian monastery and became an organ player in the year 1851. Anton was much impressed by the music of Richard Wagner and extensively studied his music and after completing his studies he wrote "Mass in D Minor". At Vienna Conservatory, he was appointed as a music teacher in 1868 and from then on he was all the more the symphonies’ musician. Nevertheless, the symphonies he created did not receive a positive response and were thought about at being "wild" and "nonsensical" (Adante). His music was dominated by Eduard Hanslick. While Anton’s symphonies were most popular, he also wrote Masses, Motets and Chorals, while his symphonies were the most romantic his chorals were both conventional and contrapuntal in technique. About His Symphonies Symphony No. 1: Anton’s first symphony was composed and completed in 1866. In 1868, Anton performed this symphony in Linz, and afterwards left from Vienna where he spent his remaining life. Critics were not favorable towards his first symphony as the audience considered it as rough and too unconventional. Accepting this criticism, Anton revised his first symphony a year after its creation and called the new version of his first symphony as the Linz Version. Ever since, the Linz Version is the most famous and the most performed symphony of Anton. And it is the version mostly performed now. Dr. Carragan prepared a reconstructed version of the first symphony in 1998 when Gerog Tintner performed the version for global debut recording. It’s been said that the audience had never got the hearing of the first symphony since its first debut by Anton. Symphony No. 2: Composed between 1871-1872, Anton was about fifty years old at the time of its composition. Critics acclaim this work as one of the finest works have Anton but not one of the best works among earlier symphonies done by the composer. In this second symphony, one can listen to a lot of elements that become visible in Bruckner’s anon symphonies, for example the impressive wave from the brass, however, this is in spite of everything not immature composer. Bruckner modified the symphony in 1873 in order to organize for the first presentation on 26th October, 1873, by means of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Bruckner made many modifications of this version and as such the arrangement of the central movements was overturned. The horn solo in the Adagio, at the ending was altered to a clarinet solo in addition to the violin solo. Furthermore, in the revised version the reiterate were disregarded in the Trio and Scherzo. In the Finale a passage was totally revised in addition to a fourth trombone in the...

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