Anton Bruckner and the Symphony
Donald Macleod presents the life and times of Anton Bruckner.
Today Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) is celebrated as one of the finest symphonists of the 19th century, but that has not always been the case.
In the third episode of this week’s Composer of the Week exploring the composer’s life and works, Donald Macleod reveals the opposition he faced from the musical establishment of Vienna. Audiences were baffled by his monumental symphonic music, and critics were less than favourable in their reviews.
The length of his symphonies alienated concert-goers and his use of harmony was unorthodox. It was in sacred music and playing the organ at the monastery of St Florian that Bruckner sought refuge in his later years.