I heart Bruckner.
As such, I was happy to find a fellow Bruckner proponent in David B. Hart, a frequent contributer to First Things and On the Square. His essay regarding Bruckner and his 9th symphony came as a pleasant surprise, both by virtue of scant public knowledge as well as lack of general acclaim for Bruckner’s music. One could reasonably come to this conclusion by conducting a simple comparitive analysis of references to Bruckner one encounters in life, whether or not such references are positive or negative, the small amount of literature available on his works, and the little attention he gets in the cycles of symphonic performances at concert halls around the world. In other words, Bruckner lovers seem to constitute a small minority district among the voting class of western classical music. And yet, I have actually dared to call Bruckner my favorite symphonist, though the polestars of Bach and Mozart and Beethoven perhaps loom larger in the broader context of favorite musicians. Continue reading