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Bernhard Prammer

Bernhard Prammer


Bernhard Prammer describes himself as a 'creative cultural worker'. In addition to his artistic activities as an organist and harpsichordist, the organization of many cultural projects and concert series plays a major role in his work.

Since autumn 2007 he has been organist at the Bruckner organ in the Old Cathedral in Linz and initiated the first Linz Bruckner Museum 'Die Brucknerstiege' there.

Within the framework of the Bookbook he participates with organ music related to Anton Bruckner and his musical environment. To the website
Bridgerton meets Bruckner

Bridgerton meets Bruckner

Contrast dances of the 19th century

Anton Bruckner - later a famous organist and composer - played for dances in his youth and enjoyed dancing himself. A handwritten collection of folk dances in Windhaag near Freistadt is said to have been written by him.
To get a feel for the 19th century, we not only listen to the music of the time, but also move to the beat of the period.
How were men and women treated? How did people converse? And above all: how did people dance at parties?
We get to the bottom of all these questions in a 90-minute course, supported by a pianist at the grand piano in the Green Salon, the perfect setting for a journey through time.
Bruckner DisCovery

Bruckner DisCovery

Severin Trogbacher

Growing up a stone's throw away from St. Florian Abbey, the St. Florian composer and musician Severin Trogbacher has been influenced not only by the music of Anton Bruckner, but also by his spirit, his musical idiom, ever since he was born. This musical imprint has always resonated in the electric guitarist's music, whether it is only perceptible as a hint in a solo for Hubert von Goisern or comes to the fore more clearly when Trogbacher allows his love for the worlds of classical music, jazz and rock to flow together. This spirit, the essence of Bruckner's music, is extracted in "Bruckner DisCovery" and clothed in a new guise beyond musical pigeonholes.

Together with his two congenial colleagues from the Severin Trogbacher Trio, Peter Schönbauer (bass) and Herbert Pirker (drums), the musical structure is broken up and the harmonies, melodies and rhythms are reduced to their essentials in order to create - together with a small, illustrious chamber ensemble consisting of Fany Kammerlander (cello, among others with Constantine Wecker), Philip Watson (clarinet with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra) and Christian Loferer (horn with the Bavarian State Opera) - a new sound from the smallest of ensembles.Kammerlander (cello, with Konstantin Wecker among others), Philip Watson (clarinet with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra) and Christian Loferer (horn with the Bavarian State Opera) - to create new sound mosaics from the smallest building blocks.

Severin Trogbacher | Guitar
Peter Schönbauer | bass
Herbert Pirker | drums
Fany Kammerlander | cello
Philip Watson | clarinet
Christian Loferer | Horn To the website
Bruckner verTaubert

Bruckner verTaubert

When Richard Tauber and Anton Bruckner awaken memories

When Richard Tauber and Anton Bruckner bring back memories.

The lifestyles and philosophies of Richard Tauber and Anton Bruckner could not be more different. But they have one thing in common: their music awakens memories and evokes emotions, from cheerful to sad, from serene to overwhelming, ...

Piano, song and stories not only take you into the world of Richard Tauber and Anton Bruckner, but also invite you to indulge in your own memories or add new ones.

Bruckner verTaubert brings these two musicians to life in the ambience of the Grüner Salon with entertaining, rapturous melodies.


Like heaven

Inspired by the musical legacy of Anton Bruckner, Christian Wirth and his Chameleon Orchestra celebrate a brilliant evening of world music in which exceptional musicians from Austria and Mozambique's superstar singer Stewart Sukuma meet under a colorful arc of the sky spanning continents.
superstar singer Stewart Sukuma meet musically.
Full of curiosity and the joy of experimentation, the versatile ensemble and its versatile musicians process essences and extracts of European, late romantic music into new sound creations with hints of jazz and pop, spiced with an African beat and a pinch of the Orient; sometimes with a wink, a smile and a swing of the hips, but always with deep respect for the "genius locorum".
With cheerfulness and exuberance, we celebrate the jubilarian as a world star and make music "Like heaven".

Christian Wirth, conductor
Stewart Sukuma, vocals
Cast: 15 musicians To the website
Eine Brücke zu Bruckner

Eine Brücke zu Bruckner

Piano duo

The piano duo Dino Sequi and Gerhard Hofer performed the Symphonies 1-9 and additionally the Zeroth Symphony of Anton Bruckner in the arrangement for piano four hands in the Old Cathedral of Linz from the year 2008 until 2019 as part of the concerts celebrating Bruckner's birthday.
The arrangements are by composers and companions of Bruckner (Ferdinand Löwe, Gustav Mahler, Joseph Schalk, Franz Schalk, Otto Singer, August Stradal).

On the basis of this experience, the piano duo can offer performances of the symphonies in this instrumentation and their explanation in various forms:

- Performance of the symphonies on the grand piano in a concert hall or in a church with or without introduction.

- In concerts that include the performance of the version for orchestra, the arrangement for piano four hands may be played as part of an introductory recital. The performance can be taken over by the pianists, but also by a third person.

- The appreciation of Anton Bruckner in 2024 will also play a central role in music lessons at schools. The piano duo can offer a 'conversation concert' for school classes at schools where a grand piano is available, explaining the key points of Anton Bruckner's symphonic works with live examples.

'Go to website' has an audio sample ready for you!, To the website
Hard-Chor | Anton Bruckner im Alten Dom

Hard-Chor | Anton Bruckner im Alten Dom


For the singers in the Hard Cho ir, Bruckner is a way of life, so you can feel their affinity and passion for the great master's music at the concerts. Bruckner is as essential to Hard-Chor as the air we breathe - you can feel it.

With the program Anton Bruckner in the Old Cathedral, the Hard Choir Linz presents one of its favourite programs: The compositions of the genius loci, which he specially conceived and composed on the famous organ in the Old Cathedral in Linz. The Hard-Chor rehearses in the Frohsinn choir house, where Bruckner had already performed repeatedly from 1873, as he was the director of the Frohsinn Sängerbund for a long time, which is now the Linz Singakademie and is complemented by the Hard-Chor and the youth choir Hard-Chor-The New Generation.


Orchester Frohsinn (concertmaster Marcus Wall)
Bernhard Prammer, organ
Alexander Koller, conductor To the website
Hard-Chor | Bruckner Resound II - der geistliche Bruckner

Hard-Chor | Bruckner Resound II - der geistliche Bruckner


For the singers in the Hard Cho ir, Bruckner is a way of life, so you can feel their affinity and passion for the great master's music at the concerts. Bruckner is as essential to Hard-Chor as the air we breathe - you can feel it.

In Bruckner Resound II, Anton Bruckner's previously unknown sacred compositions are presented to introduce the audience to the small and subtle sounds alongside the famous motets.
Original brass instruments, including trombones, trumpets, tubas and horns, provide a special sound experience. The fascination with the sound of the original instruments, as in Bruckner's time, and the opportunity to give students the chance to explore them were important impulses for this program.


Brass players of the ABPU on historical instruments
Alexander Koller and Franz Landlinger, direction To the website
Hard Choir vs. Machine Bruckner Motets Experience

Hard Choir vs. Machine Bruckner Motets Experience


For the singers in the Hard Cho ir, Bruckner is a way of life, so you can feel their affinity and passion for the great master's music at the concerts. Bruckner is as essential to Hard-Chor as the air we breathe - you can feel it.

KollerMandel try to find echoes of the future in their compositional approaches and to generate with this concert program an exciting evening for young and old, for past, present and future.

Mandel Machine:MIA (mandel improvisation algorithm)

Music is a language of sound and improvisation is free speech in the universe of sound. Depending on the content, mood, audience and space, you choose the way you speak, the stories you include, the vocabulary, the language layer. For us speakers, this process takes place unconsciously, our brain retrieves what is appropriate from memory and even develops something new while we are speaking. This is also how musical improvisation works.
Programmed in MAX/MSP - a modular, data stream-oriented and object-based programming language - MIA is an attempt to digitally recreate the thought patterns that have developed over years of improvisation.


Alexander Koller, conductor To the website


electronic music

Anyone who has ever experienced Pete Sabo live as a DJ or in collaboration with an ensemble will never forget that moment again. His energy and his connection with the audience are unique.
In his powerful mixes, he focuses on recognizable and characterful tracks with Bruckner accents between melodic techno and deep house. To the website
Spring String Quartet: Bruckner - Mancini - Mandelbrot

Spring String Quartet: Bruckner - Mancini - Mandelbrot

String quartet

At first glance, the music of Anton Bruckner (born 1824), Henry Mancini (born 1924) and the ideas of the French-American mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot (born 1924) may seem to have little in common.
However, we want to subject Bruckner's cathedrals of sound together with Mancini's small song formats to the spring-string metamorphosis and analyze them in the light of Mandelbrot's formulated
'fractal geometry' and 'self-similarity' formulated by Mandelbrot.
Fractals exist not only in geometric shapes, but also in nature and art. But they also exist in music in motifs, interval sequences, rhythm patterns in the small range as well as in construction patterns of large musical forms. Number combinations and ratios, especially the 'golden ratio', already played a major role in ancient music.
We may discover quite astonishing and surprising similarities.

Example of a spring string metamorphosis:
Anton Bruckner: from Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement, Adagio,
Henry Mancini: Moon River To the website
Wohlsang Vokalensemble

Wohlsang Vokalensemble

Vokalensemble, concert productions

This ensemble is dedicated to soulful singing with soulful themes of classical compositions. Lively, emotional performances in which the sung word reaches the heart of the audience are the goal. The soul landscape of the composers, which is especially connected with intimate emotions in a cappella compositions, should be reflected. Reactions from the audience show that it has indeed already succeeded in drawing an intense emotional picture. Wohlsang Vocal Ensemble has existed since 2019 and consists of 26 singers. Amateurs who actually do everything out of love and not because it is their job. The artistic director of the ensemble is Georg Leopold, who led the professional opera choir of the Landestheater Linz for 20 years.

Concert productions on offer:

- Bruckner vocal a cappella:
the 6 great motets, smaller Bruckner motets(Afferentur regi, Tota pulchra es Maria, Tantum ergo), Go, song of mine (Elgar) and Hymn to St Cecilia (Britten).
Total duration approx. 60 min. (organ needed for Tota pulchra es Maria ) with moderation.
Already performed in September 2022 in the Old Cathedral of Linz.

- Not of this world:
Double-choir Mass by Frank Martin a cappella and Mass for double choir and harmony accompaniment in E minor by Anton Bruckner. In collaboration with the
Anton Bruckner Bläser Consort under the direction of Hubert Gurtner. Between the mass compositions, two wind canzonas by Giovanni Gabrieli will be heard.
Total duration approx. 70 min.
These two mass compositions occupy the rank of 'eight-thousanders' of church music of the 19th and 20th centuries.

- Souls of European Composers - Poulenc, Schumann and Parry a cappella:
Francis Poulenc Sept Chansons (1936), Robert Schumann Der Handschuh (Schiller) and Sommerlied (Rückert), Charles Hubert Parry Farewell Songs (1916).
Total duration approx. 60 min. with moderation.

- Wohlsang Origins Concert:
Weelke's Gloria, Brahms Quartets op.64
(Spätherbst, An die Heimat, Der Abend), Vaughan Williams Three Shakespeare Songs, Brahms Motet op. 74/1 Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen, Stanford The Bluebird and The Haven, Elgar From the Bavarian Highlands, Wohlsang's Coming Out, total duration approx. 90 min, led by Georg Leopold at the piano.

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