Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) and
Viennese Musicians of 19th century


Bruckner symphony #2 Discography

Bruckner symphony #3 Discography

Bruckner symphony #5 Discography

Bruckner symphony #6 Discography

Bruckner symphony #8 Discography

Anton Bruckner's friends, students and enemies.

Guido Adler (1855-1941)
Born in Moravia. (Currently, Ivancice, Czech Republic) A pupil of AB. Austrian musicologist.

Julius Bayer
Austrian organist and choirmaster in Steyr. A son of Julia Bayer (1862-1921), a friend of AB. Wrote memoirs about AB.

Otto Dessoff (1835-1892)
Conductor at Vienna Opera and Vienna Philharmonic (1860-1875). Was critical of AB's symphonies.

Ignaz Dorn (1830-1872)
Austrian composer, violinist and conductor. Kapellmeister of Linz Stadttheater. Encouraged AB to write symphonies and to study works by Wagner, Berlioz and Liszt.

Friedrich Eckstein (1861-1939)
An Austrian pupil of AB. Wrote multiple books on AB including recollections.

August Gollerich (1859-1923)
A pupil of AB. Wrote biography of AB entitled Anton Bruckner - Ein Lebens - und Schaffenbild(1922).

Robert Haas (1886-1960)
Born in Prague. Musicologist, conductor and composer. Noted editor of AB scores besides Leopold Nowak. The director of the music section of the Austrian National Library in Vienna.

Eduard Hanslick (1825-1904)
Music critic of Vienna born in Prague. Promoted neo-classical music of Schumann and Brahms. Often launched vicious attacks on AB's work. Major leader of opposition to the Wagnerian faction. Studied law in Prague and received a doctorate from the University of Vienna(1849).Worked at Ministry of Finance and Education. Music critic for the Viennese newspaper, Wiener Zeitung, Die Presse, Neue Freie Press. Lecturer at University of Vienna from 1856 to 1896. His best known book is the "The Beautiful in Music".

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Johann Herbeck (1831-1877)
An Austrian friend and most ardent supporter of AB. Conductor at Gesellschaftkonzerte (1859). Professor at the Vienna Conservatory. The director of the Court Opera (1870).
In 1865, he discovered the original score of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. In 1876 he conducted Brahms' first symphony. Herbeck was scheduled to conduct the premiere of AB's 3rd in 1877. But Herbeck's sudden death forced AB to conduct the premiere himself.

Carl Hruby (1869-1940)
An Austrian pupil of AB. Writer on music. Wrote recollections of AB.

Friedrich Klose (1862-1942)
A pupil of AB. German composer. Wrote recollections of AB.

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
A pupil of AB. A famous violinist.

Felix von Kraus (1870-1937)
An Austrian pupil of AB. Noted bass Oratorio and Lieder singer. Wrote memoirs about AB.

Herman Levi (1839-1900)
A German conductor. Born in Giessen, the son of a Jewish Rabbi. Attended conservatory in Leipzig. Conducted at Rotterdam, Karlsruhe and Munich. Conducted premiere of Parsifal in 1882 and revived Cosi fan tutte in 1890. Conducted some of AB's symphonies such as #7. AB worshipped Levi as his Musical Father but it is often mentioned that Levi's rejection of the original version of AB's 8th caused grave depression.

Ferdinand Lowe (1865-1925)
Pupil of AB. Edited, published and performed AB's 9th symphony (The premiere of the 9th was performed by him in Feb.1903)

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Born in Kaliste, Bohemia. (Currently, Ivancice, Czech Republic) A pupil of AB. The conductor, symphonist and lieder composer.

Anton Meissner (1855-1932)
An Austrian pupil of AB. Worked as a private secretary of AB in his late years. Wrote recollections of AB.

Felix Mottl (1856-1911)
Born in Unter-St.-Veit, Austria. A pupil of AB. The Wagnerian conductor. Conducted at Bayreuth (1876) and Tristan and Isolde (1886).

Arthur Nikisch (1855-1922)
A Hungarian conductor. A student of AB at the Conservatory . He conducted the Leipzig Opera, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Budapest Opera, the Boston Symphony , Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra in Hamburg. Conducted the premiere of AB's 7th in Leipzig on 12/30/1884.

Leopold Nowak (1904-1991)
Austrian musicologist. A student of Robert Haas. Noted editor of AB scores besides Robert Haas. The director of the music section of the Austrian National Library in Vienna after Haas.

Max Von Oberleithner (1868-1935)
A pupil of AB. Wrote memoirs about AB.

Hans Richter (JANOS RICHTER) (1843-1916)
A conductor born in Raab, Hungary. Director of Court Opera and director of Vienna Philharmonic after Desoff's retirement (1875). Conducted the premiere of the Ring des Niebelungen at Bayreuth (1876).Conducted the premiere of AB's 4th (02/20/1881) and 8th (12/18/1892). Was very critical of AB's early symphonies but later became a major Bruckner symphony conductor. Conductor of Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England.

Franz Schalk (1863-1931)and Joseph Schalk (1857-1901)
Austrian pupils of AB who often edited and performed AB's work.

August Stradal (1860-1930)
A pupil of AB. Pianist. Made piano solo arrangements of Symphonies 1, 2, 5, 6 and 8.

Cosima Wagner (1837-1930)
Born in Bellagio, Lombardy. Daughter of the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886), the wife of the German operatic composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and the ex-wife of the German conductor Hans von Bulow (1830-1894). The director of the Bayreuth Festival (1883-1908).

Hugo Wolf (1868-1903)
Born in Windischgraz, Austria (currently, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia). A pupil of AB and a composer of German Lied.

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