Bruckner and his pupils
„Verachtet mir die Meister nicht“ (Do not scorn our Masters)
Not only learning but also teaching played a central part in Bruckner's life at all times. Anton Bruckner, the son of a schoolmaster from a provincial backwater who himself began as a teaching assistant and was later also a piano teacher, held the position of professor for organ, harmony and counterpoint at the Conservatory of the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna from 1868 to 1891. But he also taught at the University of Vienna as a lecturer in harmony and counterpoint from 1876 to 1894 as well as giving private lessons in composition well into his old age. Over a period of more than 50 years he instructed hundreds of students, without establishing a „Bruckner-School“ in the aesthetic sense, for he seemed to have had no interest in a tradition to propagate his own highly individual symphonic style. Nevertheless Bruckner's teaching activities had a formative influence on several generations of musicians, to whom the International Festival Linz 2021 is dedicated.
On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of his death the Bruckner Festival 2021 honours the achievements of those (former) students who became tireless trailblazers, and gives a voice to largely forgotten composers. Hardly a single one of their works has ever been heard in the Brucknerhaus, though there are certainly „Masters“ among Bruckner's pupils. The performances of these rarities promise to be highlights of a Bruckner festival full of new discoveries.
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