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Re: Bruckner 8
Posted by Gulliver on May 25, 2014, 11:40 pm, in reply to "Re: Bruckner 8"
Nick. I am presently translating the biography of Gunter Wand, " So und nicht anders", Wolfgang Seifert (Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg 1999). In it Wand is reported remarking on the various editions Haas v Novak and changes to the score of Bruckner 8. Some authorised other not. He said it does have 6 kettledrums actually that is 3 players on 2 drums each , he did it on the RCA CD with Berliner Philharmoniker as well as having 3 harps! Also just received a series of scanned documents from Dr Gerhard Kramer, Wien. They include a letter to Dr Hans Richter who conducted Bruckner 8 in 1892. Bruckner writes, "bitte nur zu verfugen, wie es Ihr Orchester erfordert; aber die Partitur bitte nicht zu andern; auch bei Drucklegung die Orchesterstimmen unverandert zu lassen, ist eine meiner innigsten Bitten". Translated, Please only make such alteration as your orchestra demands but please do not change the score also leave the orchestral parts as they are when printing them, that is my inmost entreaty. So I guess this could allow numbers of drums/harps to be reduced. Gerhard Kramer says Wiener Philharmoniker did Bruckner 8 in Berlin in a guest concert with the full numbers also in Linz Bruckner Fest and some outdoor performances! He also has sent me from Vienna National Library copies of original scores numbered by Bruckner which confirm this, but is not mentioned in the Haas/Novak editions! The Constantin Floros book on Bruckner is worth reading on this. There is a translated version.
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