The Bruckner Journal is a publication for all enthusiasts and devotees of Anton Bruckner
and his music. It aims to be of interest to musicians, scholars, amateurs and lay
enthusiasts, in fact to all lovers of the glorious music of Anton Bruckner, whatever
their level of knowledge and expertise.
The first issue came out in March 1997, and since then issues have included contributions
by many noted Bruckner enthusiasts, scholars and musicians:
- including Nicholas Attfield, Mark Audus, William Carragan, Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs,
Constantin Floros, Dermot Gault, Ian Beresford Gleaves, Andrea Harrandt, Paul Hawkshaw,
Julian Horton, Benjamin Korstvedt, Crawford Howie, Elisabeth Maier, Angela Pachovsky,
Derek Scott, Franz Zamazal... and many others.
The founding Editor in 1997 was Peter Palmer. Since March 2005 the editor has been
Ken Ward. The Associate Editors are Dr. Crawford Howie, author of ‘Anton Bruckner:
A Documentary Biography’, (Edwin Mellen, 2002), and Dr. Dermot Gault, author of “The
New Bruckner” (Ashgate, 2011). Raymond Cox is the Managing Editor and deals with
subscriptions and mailings. They are unpaid volunteers, and The Bruckner Journal
It is printed in English in the UK, but contributions are received and welcomed from
all over the world. It contains articles on a variety of Bruckner-related subjects,
concert reviews, CD reviews, book reviews, selected concert listings, news of events
of interest to Brucknerians and much else.
For a summary of contents of the current issue go to:
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896), Austrian composer of music which is amongst the most
inspiring, the most ennobling, the most profound in the ‘classical music’ repertoire.
His symphonies are large-scale, filled with dramatic grandeur and intense emotion,
beautiful, humane and deeply mysterious; his extraordinary religious faith also found
expression in his three great Masses, his Te Deum and numerous heartfelt shorter
sacred choral works.
“This publication, then, is for Bruckner enthusiasts everywhere.”
A great opportunity lies ahead for a new editor to steer The Bruckner Journal through
coming decades of the 21st century. Ken Ward has announced his resolve to withdraw
from his work as editor by the end of 2016, by then having completed 12 years and
become 70 years old, so we are anxious to hear from anyone who might wish to take
up this highly respected and highly enjoyable position. It affords very rewarding
opportunities to engage with musicians and academics and the wide community of Bruckner
enthusiasts, and to promote interest in Bruckner worldwide.
The editor is supported by experienced and knowledgeable assistant editors, so the
position does not require exceptional specialist knowledge, but rather a welcoming
and open-minded attitude of mind to all things related to Bruckner and his music.
Anyone taking up the job is assured of the assistance of the present editor for the
first few issues and the assistant editors thereafter.
It is likely that The Bruckner Journal will benefit from engagement with the great
variety of on-line arenas of communication that have arisen with the development
of the internet. The present editorial team find themselves challenged to keep abreast
and active in this new world, so any applicant more au fait with these lively developments
of modern publishing would be particularly welcome.
The Bruckner Journal would also benefit from an energetic campaign to recruit new
subscribers, so applicants with enthusiasm and energy to reach out to those music
lovers who are unaware of the existence of the Journal would be a great asset.
If you are interested in putting your name forward, the sooner the better! If you
feel that perhaps the whole job might be too much and you’d rather share it, please
register your interest and it may be that there’s a possible co-editor also expressing
an interest. Please let us know if you think this could be an opportunity for you.
At the same time Raymond Cox also intends to finish his 20 year stint, responsible
for subscriptions and mailing. We will need someone to replace him too.
In the event that come the end of 2016 no replacement editor has come forward,
The Bruckner Journal may be obliged to cease publication.
A new editor for The Bruckner Journal, to take over before the end of 2016