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This issue contains a wide variety of information about recent performances, articles on aspects of Bruckner's works and their reception, and news of current and future events which will be of interest to Brucknerians. 

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Upcoming Issue

The Bruckner Journal is published three times a year, in March, July and November - since 1997 - and is available by subscription only.


Bruckner Congress!

Taking place over several days simultaneously with other special anniversary events, the Congress will feature some 25 presenters representing the widest scope and depth of Bruckner knowledge available.

As special and unique as the 200th Anniversary itself, this is a once in a lifetime event you don't want to miss!

Volume Twenty-Eight, Number Two will be published in July 2024. Should you wish to contribute an article, short essay, letter or comment to the Journal, on any Bruckner-related subject, please contact us.

Inside the Issue

All those interested in Bruckner are warmly invited to attend!

Plan to attend our next Conference in 2024!

As many readers are aware, 2024 will be celebrated for the Bicentennial of the birth of Anton Bruckner!

In co-operation with the annual Brucknertage at St Florian,

the next Journal Readers Conference will be held along with this very special occassion,

co-sponsored by the Bruckner Society of America.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Brucknerians to meet together in pleasant surroundings, hear papers from leading scholars in the field and from other Bruckner enthusiasts. As with the Journal itself, non-academic music lovers need not be intimidated and can be sure they will find a friendly welcome and much to enjoy, to think about and discuss.

In addition to presentations and informal gatherings, this Conference will be held in conjunction with the events of the 2024 Brucknertage, notably including:

The Ninth Symphony with Finale fragments, performed by the

Altomonte Orchestra conducted by Rémy Ballot

and moderated by Felix Diergarten!

"Bruckner Now and Then/Bruckner Jetzt und Damals"


The Bruckner Journal and Bruckner Society of America are delighted to be able to share the program of "Bruckner Now and Then/Bruckner Jetzt und Damals", an International Congress held in honor of the 200th anniversary of Bruckner’s birth. "Bruckner Now and Then" will take place in conjunction with the Brucknertage festival in Sankt Florian, Austria, 20-23 August 2024.  It is co-sponsored by The Bruckner Journal and Bruckner Society of America. The participants include established scholars, experts in various fields, and some new voices from Germany and Austria, the US, and the UK. Topics range from performance and analysis to criticism and the history of Bruckner studies.  We welcome anyone interested in Bruckner and his music to attend some or all of these sessions!  


All presentations are free and open to the public

We look forward to seeing our many readers at this exciting and premiere event!!


20-23 August 2024

St Florian, Austria

200th Aniversary

Special Event

Brucknertage 2024

St Florian, Austria

14-24 August 2024


TUESDAY, 20 August 2:00 Welcome!

2:15-4:00 Bruckner in seiner Zeit

Elisabeth Maier, "Anton Bruckner als Professor am Konservatorium der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien"

Andrea Harrandt, "‘... legen Sie diesmal den Schwerpunkt auf Bruckner.‘. Das Musikfest 1886 in Sondershausen“

Klaus Laczika, “Bruckner’s medical history: Risk factors and sequelae

4:00 Pause

4:20-5:30 Bruckner Institutions

Ken Ward, “From the History of the Bruckner Journal: its Contents and Discontents”

Clemens Hellsberg „Anton Bruckner und die Wiener Philharmoniker – eine künstlerische Beziehung in Geschichte und Gegenwart

WEDNESDAY, 21 August

9:30-10:40 Critical Perspectives from Source Studies

Felix Diergarten, “To compose a mockingbird: an enigmatic remark in the Seventh“

Paul Hawkshaw, “The Zwischen-Adagio (1887-1889) of the Eighth Symphony”

10:40 Pause

11:00-12:10 Bruckner and the Listening Experience

Benjamin Korstvedt, “Varieties of Sublime Experience in Bruckner’s Late Adagios”

Young-Jin Hur, "Who are the Bruckner Listeners and what do they hear in Bruckner?"

12:10-2:00 Lunch Break

2:00-3:10 Issues in Bruckner Analysis I

Julian Horton, “Bruckner and the ‘New Formenlehre’”

Sunbin Kim, “Bruckner's Approach to the Development Section in His Symphonic First Movements”

3:10 Pause

3:40-4:50 Issues in Bruckner Analysis II

Gabriel Ignacio Venegas, “From the Fourth on: The Impact of Bruckner’s Early Adagios on His Mature Approach to Slow-Movement Form”

Clemens Gubsch „‘Symphonische Welle‘ oder ‚Zwei Kulturen‘: Bruckners Symphonien als musikästhetische wie musikanalytische Rezeptionsfläche bei Ernst Kurth und August Halm.“

THURSDAY, 22 August

9:00-10:10 Bruckner’s Reception in Vienna

Alexander Wilfing, “An Organicist "Aesthetics of the Theme": Bruckner, Hanslick, and Viennese Music Criticism (1865–1902)”

Miguel Ramirez, “‘Swelling like Sand in the Sea’: Reassessing the Viennese Reception of Bruckner’s Symphonies”

10:10 Pause

10:30-12:15 Bruckner in die 1930er Jahren

Nicholas Attfield “An ‘Austrofascist’ Bruckner”

Christa Brüstle “In Bruckners Namen – Opfer der Bruckner-Forschung“

Thomas Leibnitz „Streit um den ‚originalen Bruckner‘: Zur Rezeption der Originalfassungen der 5. und der 9. Symphonie in den 1930er Jahren“

FRIDAY, 23 August

9:00-10:45 Bruckners Musik im Kontext ihrer Zeit

Giesen Matthias “Wie barock sind Bruckners Messen? – ‚Modell‘ und ‚Topos‘ im historischen Stresstest“

Thomas Röder, "Wie fern stand Bruckner den musikalischen Strömungen seiner Zeit?“

Franz Scheder, „Anton Bruckner und Max Reger“

10:45 Pause

11:15-1:00 Recent Issues in Bruckner Performance

David Chapman, “Bruckner and Historically Informed Performance Practices in the 21st Century”

Markus Neuwirth, “Harnoncourt's Bruckner: From Analysis to Performance”

Lars Laubhold, “Harnoncourt's Bruckner: From Performance to Analysis”

1:00 Concluding Words