If on the home page, HANDSCHRIFTEN is selected, then WERK-DATENBANK, then use the
drop-down menu in “WAB auswählen”, choose the work by its WAB number, click on SUCHEN,
the manuscript sources appear below (often necessitating scrolling down to find them).
Clicking on the open book symbol in the details column will provide details of the
source, and if it has been digitalised (i.e. scanned in so that it can be seen on-line)
there will be a camera symbol to click on, which opens the file and you will be able
to see Bruckner’s original manuscript - something which for decades had not been
available to other than a select few.
The New Bruckner provides a valuable study of Bruckner's music, focusing on the interaction
of biography, textual scholarship, reception history and analysis. Dr Dermot Gault
conveys a broad chronological narrative of Bruckner's compositional development,
interpolating analytical commentaries on the works and critical accounts of the notoriously
complex and editorial issues. Gault corrects longstanding misconceptions about the
composer's revision process, and its relationship with the early editions and widely
held critical opinions. Bruckner's constantly evolving engagement with symphonic
form is traced by taking each revision in due order, rather than by taking each symphony
on its own, and by relating the symphonies to other mature works such as the Te Deum,
the three great Masses, and the Quintet, and Gault argues that Bruckner's music became
more organic and less schematic as the result of his revisions. The book will be
essential reading for all interested in Bruckner's compositions, the complex history
of their reception, and late Romantic music in general.
Contents: Preface - Introduction; tradition and innovation - Masses and
The emergence of the 'Bruckner symphony' - Consolidation and revision -
Bruckner and his disciples - The 8th symphony - The final decade - Anomalies
Appendix Select bibliography - Index
Dermot Gault was born in Belfast and studied music at Queen's University Belfast,
where he obtained a doctorate for a thesis on Bruckner's symphonies in 1994. He has
contributed to The Bruckner Journal since its inception and addressed Bruckner Conferences
in Nottingham and Oxford. He has also contributed to Music Ireland and The Irish
The web-site of Dr Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs, conductor, musicologist, participating
editor of the complete Bruckner edition, member of the editorial team ‘Samale, Phillips,
Cohrs, Mazzuca’ who made a completed, performing version of the Finale to Bruckner’s
Ninth Symphony. Mostly in German, but some English language content.
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