Eighty Years of the Bruckner Second
In 1938, the Anton Bruckner Collected Edition published a new score of the Second. What has happened since then?
‘Master, how, when, where did you think of the divine motif of your Ninth Symphony?’
‘Well, it was like this: I walked up the Kahlenberg, and when it got hot and I got hungry, I sat down by a little brook and unpacked my Swiss cheese. And just as I opened the greasy paper, that darn tune popped into my head!’
Bruckner – Symphony No.9, Part 4 (Gerd Schaller) Carragan Completion
Excerpts from my papers
In 1887, immediately upon completion of the first version of his Eighth Symphony, Anton Bruckner began the first movement of the Ninth, but soon thereafter turned to revision of the Fourth and the Third, further thoughts on the Eighth starting before he had received any opinions on it, then a year spent on a new version of the First, […]
After the massive, overwhelming unison recall of the motto theme, the music continues with further development of that theme’s simple contour to a crisis; then ensue in order the obligatory brief development of the B theme, the famous near-quotations of Tristan, Die Walküre, and the Second Symphony, and the true recapitulation.
The question immediately occurs: if this version of the Adagio were to be performed, what version should be used for the other movements, 1887 or 1890? To me, it seems desirable instead to try to arrive at the state of the other movements at the time of creation of the intermediate Adagio.