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Bruckner 9 Score Problems!
Posted by Gulliver on May 26, 2014, 12:51 pm
On reading the Constantin Floros book on Bruckner (pub Peter Lang GmbH)apparently there is a big mix up on the pages of the score of Bruckner 9 at least the torso of what Bruckner left unfinished. Apparently, drafts and scores of Bruckner 9 ended up in the possession of the conductor Ferdinand Lowe, a pupil of Bruckner. (Lowe is chiefly remembered by being sacked by Gustav Mahler!). Well after his death the scores and sketches were given to his widow who left them to the National library in Berlin. In 1941 they were carted off to Cracow of all places and did not resurface until the late 70s. In 1985 two experts started to sort out these and compare with the 1903 printing which Haas et al used subsequently. Now the new edition has the pages in the correct order. I guess Karajan and Wand might just about have heard of this, but probably used the Haas. Harnoncourt and others latter I guess they must have used the corrected edition. Harnoncourt is famous for touring Austria and Germany lecturing on the finished score with last movement, until folk told him to stop going on about it and just perform it as Bruckner left, with the Te Deum stuck on at the end! I must say this solution to me seems better than trying to complete it and it was what Bruckner wanted anyway.
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