Posted by Adam Peck on March 28, 2001 at 17:28:07:
In Reply to: A Bruckner question.... posted by Bryan on March 28, 2001 at 16:53:44:
Bruckner used Wagner tubas in his last three symphonies, 7,8 and 9. In his 9th symphony the score calls for 8 horns, 4 of which double on wagner tubas and triple woodwinds. The Wagner tubas can be heard in all their splendor towards the end of the Adagio in the 7th symphony. Bruckner was working on the Adagio when he learned that his idol Wagner had died and used the tuben for "funeral music for the master". Any posters on this board who have not listened to one of Bruckners later symphonies is missing out on a wonderful experience. Yes, they are long works with cathedral-like proportions and expansive thematic material but they are also full of clever orchestration, brilliant contrapuntal writing ( symph. no. 5...double fugue..) and truely inspirational melodies and harmony. Bruckner was a true genius and his symphonies are not fully apreciated to this day. Also if you have never heard or performed his Te Deum or Mass in F minor, you should spring for a good recording....Beautiful!