From Darkness Into the Light

I often think there should be some pause in the middle of a Bruckner symphony, to let the audience stand and move a bit.  Something similar to the seventh inning stretch in baseball, but without singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”.  The slow movement of Symphony No. 8 is a good example of why... Continue Reading →

A Ruggedly Vigorous Musical Joke

“Bruckner’s Scherzi are outstanding for their freshness and rugged vigor, and this one is no exception.” Benjamin Korstvedt In most of Bruckner’s Symphonies, the second movement is a slow movement.  Here in the Eighth, he has reversed his normal ordering and made the second movement a Scherzo.  As I alluded to in the previous post,... Continue Reading →

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