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Re: Bruckner Symphony 6
“Easiest to compose” is somewhat different from the original thrust of the review. If one’s criterion is length of time, maybe so. But I think defining “easy” is a complex issue with this composer. The uninterrupted stream of inspiration that produced a single autograph score in three unique cases — 5, 6, and 7 — for me describes the one period in this composer’s mature years that was *easy* for him: no hesitation, no doubts, full steam ahead! Symphony 8 would have continued this “period of ease” had the reception of Bruckner’s first autograph been positive; however fate decreed otherwise. So we end up with a comprehensive re-write of 8 — a significantly different work from the first autograph, and time wasted that otherwise might have allowed B to finish Symphony 9.
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