By Julian Horton

ISBN-10: 0511265921

ISBN-13: 9780511265921

ISBN-10: 0511481926

ISBN-13: 9780511481925

ISBN-10: 0521081858

ISBN-13: 9780521081856

ISBN-10: 0521823544

ISBN-13: 9780521823548

Regardless of major advances in Bruckner scholarship, many difficulties persist. even supposing the connection among Bruckner's tune, post-Wagnerian ideology and, eventually, Nazism has been conscientiously reconstructed, questions of ways such concerns may still our responses to the tune stay unaddressed. this significant examine isolates not easy problems with interpretation, research, reception, and ancient place, and gives power suggestions via case stories of person works.

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This approach carries with it an ideological agenda: especially in the Germanlanguage literature, programmatic interpretation has been a response to the Bruckner literature of the Third Reich and before, which forcefully asserted the symphonies’ credentials as absolute music. The theoretical assumptions underlying such approaches demand critical attention. Regarding the symphonies as symptoms of their political circumstances is problematic, primarily because the connection between Viennese politics and Bruckner’s compositional intentions is nebulous.

In the second group, the dialectic is displayed within a single theme: the polka embodies a secular dance type; the chorale a sacred style. The third group first of all opposes the sacred 16 17 The disjunctions of the 1873 version were successively stripped away in the 1877 and 1889 revisions. They are partly retained in 1877 (although the various intertextual references are removed), but in 1889 a systematic effort is made to smooth over the characteristic caesuras between groups with bridging material.

8 summarise the main thematic content of the exposition. 7 Third Symphony (1873), Finale First-theme group – motivic content bar 1 'a'1 bar 9 'a'2 bars 49-52 closing gesture 'a'1 bar 13 'a'3 bar 16 'a'4 process. 18 18 See for example Ernst Kurth, Bruckner, 2 vols. (Berlin, 1925); Werner Korte, Bruckner und Brahms: Die sp¨atromantische L¨osung der autonomen Konzeption (Tutzing, 1963); Stephen Parkany, ‘Kurth’s Bruckner and the Adagio of the Seventh Symphony’, Nineteenth-Century Music 9 (1988), pp.

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