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'... its influences could well be salutary.' BBC Music Magazine

'This is, undoubtedly, the most important book on Bruckner to emerge in the English language since the publication, more than a decade ago, of Robert Simpson's The Essence of Bruckner and it adds immeasurably to our knowledge of the subject.' Scenaria

Book Description

This volume contains historical and analytical essays on Anton Bruckner and his music. For the past century the principal concerns of scholars of Bruckner's music have been his personal and musical relationship with Wagner, editorial problems in his scores, his enigmatic personality, and the assessment of his monumental late nineteenth-century style. The studies in this volume consider these issues in the light of the latest research. Of interest to the lay person will be the discussions of the manner in which politics and special interests have affected the dissemination and perception of Bruckner's music, particularly in Nazi Germany.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Composer Studies
  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052157014X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521570145
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,732,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter P. Fuchs on September 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
The other reviewer here who disparages this volume because it is too specialized must not have read many collections of musicological articles. Because that is what they are about; but at least this volume contains some very interesting ones. I want to especially highlight the two articles which treat Bruckner's reception during the Third Reich. I learned aspects I had not been aware of at all before. Both have strong points to make about pressing aesthetic issues even today in Bruckner interpretation and appreciation. The articles which treats the Gesamtausgabe Edition of the Symphonies uses history deftly to make clear what many of us feel for purely aesthetic reasons. Namely, that the editing done during Bruckner's lifetime was a good thing in many ways. I just had not been aware of how closely connected the Urtext enthusiasm was connected with fascist aesthetics and Nazi mythmaking. This relates to what I liked about the article on the Bayreuthians and Bruckner. It is incredibly fascinating to see how Nazi theorists developed an entire aesthetic approach of "immediate" experience for making judgments about the works, and roped Meister Eckhart in with it. It makes one reflect on how truly terrible history can be to great thinkers of the past! But I hope that perhaps I am reading too much into the assertions in that article which seemed to imply that ALL judgments made on prima facie aesthetic assessments of quality are crypto-authoritarian. Perhaps that is not what was meant. Though if there were ever a set of historical facts to cast a pall on an aesthetic approach, this author has assembled it.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I would like to start by responding to a comment in the first review. The "standard works" in many fields including Bruckner are not completely accurate and are in many cases simply outdated. New scholarship is much more self-critical and has found many flaws with earlier ideas and theories about Bruckner. I find the book to be a great resource and there's a reason that Jackson is co-author of the Bruckner article in the New Grove revised edition.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In view of the lack of modern books on this subject, and the failure to reprint the standard (and admirable) biographies, this monument of modern academic P & P (pedantry and pedagogy) is seriously disappointing. If you are seeking enlightenment about this motivation and methods of this most sublime of composers --- look elsewhere. This is a view through a microscope of the vast Brucknerian universe. You will, however, get a glimpse of current efforts to achieve tenure in academe. The standard works (in addition to Simpson, Schoenzeler, and Doernberg, perhaps the recent compilation by Stephen Johnson)remain essential --- so search the used book sites.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KIM JONG BACK on May 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's wonderful and helpful to me.
Because, nowadays, I'm listening to his symphonies conducted by Georg Tintner.
Especially, chapter 4 of Part I is very impressive showing the annexation with NAZI.
But, I feel that this book is more general than I thought before I purchase it. Then, I can not rate this book as 'Five Stars'.
Anyway, this book should be helpful to who wants to know about the composer or the Man (Anton Bruckner).
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