Romantic Period - post 1848#
Anton Bruckner: Mass in e minor#
Anton Bruckner (1824 Ansfelden/Upper Austria - 1896
Vienna) composed the Mass in e minor (1866-82) for the
consecration of the Votive Chapel of the New Cathedral of
the Immaculate Conception in Linz. Since the cathedral
wasn't finished, the performance had to take place
outdoors. Bruckner made do without the organ and strings
and called instead only on wind instruments.
The musical example presents the opening of the
Gloria in which the phrygian melodie of the
soprano and alto choir continues the preceding intonation
of the priest. This melody is contrasted by a chordal
figure in the bassoon. (E. Stadler)
window of the Votive Chapel,
b) Linzer Fenster with Bruckner and Beethoven in the lower left third of the window,
c) large Rose Window of the Tower which
is dedicated to the Musica sacra (St. Cecilia as
the patron saint of church music, surrounded by the signs
of the zodiac as a symbol of the harmony of the spheres
and by angels with musical instruments.
© Sound: Polydor International Hamburg, CD-Nr. 423 127-2: Anton Bruckner, Geistliche Chorwerke. Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks unter Joseph Schmidhuber. Fig.er: Entnommen dem Buch: Baumgartner - Schicklberger, Die großen Glasgemälde des Maria-Empfängnis-Domes zu Linz. Zu beziehen über den Dombauverein Linz, Herrenstraße 19, A-4010 Linz (Foto: Augustin Baumgartner, Graz).