Anton Bruckner

Austrian composer, 1824-1896

"The Austrian composer was known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. The first 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. Bruckner was greatly admired by subsequent composers including his friend Gustav Mahler, who described him as ""half simpleton, half God""."

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Bruckner, Anton

Komponist (1824-1896). Autograph letter signed (“Bruckner m[anu]p[ro]p[ria]“). O. O. u. D. 1 S. 8vo.
$ 13,124 / 12.000 € (60379)

To an unnamed addressee, giving instructions how to conduct a specific passage. – Small tear in centerfold.

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Bruckner, Anton

Komponist (1824-1896). Autograph letter signed ("ABruckner"). Linz. 26.12.1864. 3 SS. auf Doppelblatt. Gr.-4to.
$ 27,343 / 25.000 € (72802/BN46859)

To his friend Rodolf Weinwurm, the conductor of the Wiener Singakademie, about the premiere of his Mass No. 1 in D-minor in the Linz cathedral and the Redoutensaal, expressing his surprise that the latter was packed with listeners despite the seriousness of his composition, and mentioning that his concert was attended by Josef, Archduke of Austria - He intends to have a clean copy of the full score made, which he would like to send to the Weinwurm to deliver to the critic Eduard Hanslick and the composer and conductor Johann Herbeck, hoping the latter would agree to have it performed in the Vienna Musikverein, as a performance in the church would require too much rehearsal.

- The mass, which was highly successful both among the critics and the audience, was a breakthrough for Bruckner as a composer. It was performed in Vienna on 10 February 1867, conducted by Johann Herbeck and with Bruckner playing the organ..

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Bruckner, Anton

Komponist (1824-1896). Calling card signed with date on reverse. O. O. 27.05.1892. 1 S. Visitenkartkartenformat.
$ 7,109 / 6.500 € (73004/BN47249)

"Dr ABruckner | 27. Mai 1892". - In pencil, somewhat dusty and with a crease. Traces of a paperclip and imprinted: "Prof. Anton Bruckner | Ehren-Doctor der Philosophie | der k. k. Universität in Wien | Ritter des Franz Josef-Ordens | k. k. Hoforganist".

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Bruckner, Anton

Komponist (1824-1896). Autograph calling card signed. O. O. 23.05.1892. 7 Zeilen auf 2 SS. Visitkartenformat.
$ 9,296 / 8.500 € (74372/BN48417)

To the Austrian writer Aurelius Polzer, whose Poem "Das Deutsche Lied" Bruckner had set to music (WAB 63): "Accept [...] my great admiration and warmest greetings! 23.5.1892. | Dr. ABruckner".

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Bruckner, Anton

Komponist (1824-1896). Eigenh. Brief mit U. Steyr. 2 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo.
$ 16,406 / 15.000 € (90088/BN59539)

An einen "hochwolgeborenen Herrn Director", d. i. der Komponist und Dirigent Eduard Kremser, der von 1869 bis 1899 als Chormeister des Wiener Männergesangvereins wirkte: "Bauend auf Ihre Güte bitte ich innig, mich wissen lassen zu wollen: Wann und wo findet die letzte Probe von 'Helgoland' statt! Derselben möchte ich doch so gerne beiwohnen, wenn irgend möglich [...]". - "Helgoland", Bruckners weltliche Kantate für Männerchor und großes Orchester in g-Moll, war 1893 als Auftragswerk für die 50-Jahr-Feier des Wiener Männergesang-Vereins komponiert worden.

Da Bruckner seine Neunte Sinfonie unvollendet hinterließ, gilt "Helgoland" als das letzte vollendete Werk des Komponisten, das einige Tage nach diesem Brief, am 8. Oktober, unter der Leitung von Eduard Kremser uraufgeführt wurde..

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