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Re: Bruckner Symphony 6
I guess it is a matter of definition. I would repeat only that 5, 6, and 7 share a unique distinction among Bruckner’s mature works: one autograph score. (9 is a special case in that B died before it could be completed) No choices; no “problems” à lá Dereck Cooke. Also, the question of the cymbal and triangle in 7 is a non-issue matter of taste which does not constitute a different “version” of 7. Also, I would question the idea that 6 was the least revised, given that all three of the middle symphonies were through-composed and all of the changes in each symphony were evolutionary, integral, and internal to the uninterrupted compositional process. We do not know with any certainty how many times a theme, sequence, or orchestration might have been changed during this process. Five is the largest and most complex, 7 less so, as is 6, so the internal workings of the composer would vary accordingly during the genesis of each work.
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