From the May/June, 2017 issue of Touchstone
A Mysterious Sense of Rightness by Ken Myers

From Heavenly Harmony 

A Mysterious Sense of Rightness

by Ken Myers

Few composers have prompted as intense and diverse a chorus of responses as Anton Bruckner (1824–1896). His contemporary Johannes Brahms dismissed Bruckner's massive symphonies as "a swindle that will be forgotten in a few years." On the other hand, more than a few years later, Ludwig Wittgenstein would remark: "I don't believe a note of Gustav Mahler. I believe every note of Anton Bruckner." While some listeners are attracted to his music at first hearing—an attraction that deepens with time—others adamantly deny that . . .


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