Thursday, August 2, 2007

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

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Master, I worship you. - Anton Bruckner to Richard Wagner


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Anton Bruckner was born in Ansfelden on September 9,1824. His father was a schoolmaster and organist with whom he first studied music. He studied at the St. Florian monastery, becoming an organist there in 1851. He continued his studies to the age of 40, but his most crucial contact was with the music of Richard Wagner which he first experienced in 1863. His other major influence is commonly considered to have been Ludwig van Beethoven. In 1868 he accpeted a post as a teacher of music theory at the Vienna Conservatory. At this point he concentrated most of his energies on writing symphonies. However these symphonies were poorly received, considered 'wild' and 'nonsensical'. He later accepted a post at Vienna University in 1875 and beginning in the 1880s with Symphony No. 7 his work began to be accpeted. He died in Vienna on October 11, 1896. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Anton Bruckner.]

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