Josef Anton Bruckner (German: [ˈantoːn ˈbʁʊknɐ] (listen); 4 September 1824 – 11 October 1896) was an Austrian composer, organist, and music theorist best known for his symphonies, masses, Te Deum and motets.
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Anton Bruckner, in full Josef Anton Bruckner, (born Sept. 4, 1824, Ansfelden, Austria—died Oct. 11, 1896, Vienna), 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. Read More on This Topic symphony: Bruckner and Brahms
Anton Bruckner One of the greatest German composers of the 19 th century, Anton Bruckner exerted an enormous influence on the development of music in the modern age. Artists as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg, Gustav Mahler, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Paul Hindemith and Herbert von Karajan found inspiration in his grand and innovative symphonies.
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Anton Bruckner was born in Ansfelden on September 4, 1824. His father, a schoolmaster and organist, was his first music teacher. He died when Anton was 13 years old. Bruckner worked for a few years as a teacher's assistant, fiddling at village dances at night to supplement his income. He studied at the Augustinian monastery in St. Florian, becoming an organist there in 1851, where most of the repertoire consisted of the music of Michael Haydn, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger and Franz Joseph Aumann. In 1855, he took up a counterpoint course with Simon Sechter. He later studied with Otto Kitzler, who introduced him to the music of Richard Wagner, which Bruckner studied extensively from 1863 onwards. Bruckner continued his studies to the age of 40. Broad fame and acceptance did not come until he was over 60. A devout Catholic who loved to drink beer, Bruckner was out of step with his contemporaries. In 1861 he had already made the acquaintance of Franz Lisztwho, like Bruckner, h...
Sometimes Bruckner's works are referred to by WAB numbers, from the Werkverzeichnis Anton Bruckner, a catalogue of Bruckner's works edited by Renate Grasberger. The revision issue has generated controversy. A common explanation for the multiple versions is that Bruckner was willing to revise his work on the basis of harsh, uninformed criticism from his colleagues. "The result of such advice was to awaken immediately all the insecurity in the non-musical part of Bruckner's personality," musicologist Deryck Cooke writes. "Lacking all self-assurance in such matters, he felt obliged to bow to the opinions of his friends, 'the experts,' to permit ... revisions and even to help make them in some cases." This explanation was given enormous cachet when it was championed by Bruckner scholar Robert Haas, who was the chief editor of the first critical editions of Bruckner's works published by the International Bruckner Society; it continues to be found in the majority of program notes and...
Because of the long duration and vast orchestral canvas of much of his music, Bruckner's popularity has greatly benefited from the introduction of long-playing media and from improvements in recording technology. Decades after his death, the Nazis strongly approved of Bruckner's music because his music was considered by them to be an expression of the zeitgeist of the German volk, and Hitler even consecrated a bust of Bruckner in a widely photographed ceremony in 1937 at Regensburg's Walhalla temple. Bruckner's music was among the most popular in Nazi Germany and the Adagio from his 7th Symphony was broadcast by the German radio (Deutscher Reichsrundfunk) upon announcing the news of Hitler's death on 1 May 1945. This didn't hurt Bruckner's standing in the postwar media though, and several movies and TV productions in Europe and the United States have used excerpts from Bruckner's music ever since the 1950s. Nor did the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra ever ban Bruckner's music as t...Bruckner, Anton. Symphony No. 8/2, C minor, 1890 version. Edited by Leopold Nowak. New York: Eulenberg, 1994.Gilliam, Bryan, The annexation of Anton Bruckner: Nazi revisionism and the politics of appropriation, in Bruckner Studiesedited by Timothy Jackson and Paul Hawkshaw.Korstvedt, Benjamin M. Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 19.ed. Stanley Sadie, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London: Macmillan, 1980), 20 vols. ISBN 0-333-23111-2.Free scores by Anton Bruckner in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)Free scores by Anton Bruckner in the Werner Icking Music Archive (WIMA)Free scores by Anton Bruckner in the International Music Score Library Project
Josef Anton Bruckner was a renowned 19th century composer and organist from Austria. Learning to play the organ early in his life, he started deputizing for his schoolmaster father, whose duties included playing the organ, from the age of ten.
Anton Bruckner: A Life Few would seriously dispute that Anton Bruckner was one of the all-time great symphonists. Indeed, his many admirers would passionately claim that in his scores the symphonic ideal reached its apex.
Bruckner was born in the village of Ansfelden, Austria, and received musical training at the nearby St. Florian Church. He continued to study through his late 30s. From 1848 to 1855 he was organist at St. Florian's, held the same position at Linz Cathedral from 1856 to 1867, and in 1868 was appointed professor of organ at the Vienna Conservatory.
- 4 Sep 1824, Ansfelden, Linz-Land Bezirk, Upper Austria (Oberösterreich), Austria
- Beneath the organ (at his request)
- 11 Oct 1896 (aged 72), Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
- Stift Sankt Florian, Linz, Linz Stadt, Upper Austria (Oberösterreich), Austria
- Family life. Bruckner was born in 1824 in Ansfeld. His very protective father worked as a schoolteacher, as well as an organist. He taught Bruckner how to play the organ as a child and he also taught him the basics of early music education.
- He was a great teacher. Bruckner’s mother insisted that he take up a career as a teacher despite his obvious talent for music. He went to a teaching seminar in Linz in 1840 and passed very well, which acquired him a position as a teacher’s assistant in Windhaag.
- Death-obsessed. It is reported that Bruckner commissioned someone to take a photograph of his dead mother, which he proudly displayed in his teaching room despite never having pictures of her when she was alive.
- OCD. Bruckner was well known for his compulsion to count comparatively capricious objects and he was also known to repeat certain words severally for no reason.