Bruckner: Symphony, Issue 8

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 30, 2000 - Music - 133 pages
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Anton Bruckner's Eighth Symphony (1890), one of the last of the great Romantic symphonies, is a grandly complex masterpiece. This book explores this many-faceted work from several angles. It documents the complicated and often misunderstood history of the symphony's composition and revision and provides an accessible guide to its musical design. It demonstrates, by means of a study of well-known recordings, how performance styles have evolved in this century. It also revisits the conventional wisdom about the various versions and editions of the symphony and comes to some provocative new conclusions.
 

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Contents

Placing the Eighth Symphony
3
The genesis and evolution of the Eighth Symphony
10
The musical design and symphonic agenda of the Eighth
27
The Adagio and the sublime
54
The 1887 version and the 1890 version
68
The 1892 edition authorship and performance practice
86
Haass edition of the Eighth Symphony
104
Textual differences between The Finale in the 1890 version and the 1892 edition
107
Notes
111
Select bibliography
129
Index
132
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