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St. Florian

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Anton Bruckner in St. Florian

After the early death of his father on June 7, 1837, he stayed in the nearby monastery of Sankt Florian until 1840, when he was accepted as a choirboy. Continued singing, violin and organ lessons, the latter with emphasis on improvisation.

1845 Return to Sankt Florian as teacher and monastery organist until 1855.

First major compositions such as Missa solemnis in B-flat minor and Requiem.

On October 15, 1896 burial in the collegiate basilica.

Bruckner G'schichten from St. Florian on YouTube

Program under development

Events in St. Florian

The traditional spring concert of the Music Society of St. Florian with a  programme rich in variety.

St. Florian Music Society

Franz Falkner | Management

Wiener Strasse 44 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

Start at 14:30
Group price (from 20 persons) per person: 7.50 euros
Individual visitors: 8.00 euros

Tickets are available in the shop (gateway of abbey)!
Daily except for Tuesday and Saturday.

No listening experience on:

29.07.2024 / 31.07.2024 / 01.08.2024

Stiftstrasse 1 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

When one thinks of Anton Bruckner, one recalls the masses and symphonies composed in the second half of his life. The Augustinian monastery of St. Florian was vital for  his
personal and artistic development leading up to these top performances, . He spent a total of 13 formative years, first as a choirboy, later as a teacher and monastery organist, in an environment characterised by an enlightened approach to Catholicism. One which was open to the sciences and social life. In this "worldly place", the young village teacher's son searched tenaciously and often in a conflict-ridden manner for his identity as an artist.
The monastery's archives contain a large number of documents that shed light on this decisive phase of his life, with all its opportunities and risks. Thanks to an exhibition, these are now being displayed for the first time in a comprehensive manner with comments. Audio stations and a docu-fictional film simplify the process.
Older literature from Bruckner has left us with a mined field of prejudices and misinterpretations. There was talk of the "mystical twilight" of the monastery. The exhibition rooms now portray the topic of "Bruckner and St. Florian" in a new way.

The inner courtyard of St. Florian's Abbey presents visitors with a unique  experience. The courtyard is home to several monumental and globally unique Anton Bruckner pavilions designed by the Linz-based architecture firm MARCH GUT. These encourage visitors to experience Bruckner's dreams and visions through multimedia presentations.
The first offers the opportunity to listen to the world's largest archive of Bruckner recordings with more than 4,000 recordings in total.
In the next Bruckner pavilion, passages from Bruckner's life story are read aloud, and in the last pavilion artistic films are on display, including some commissioned works that focus on Bruckner and his work.
Each of these pavilions can accommodate up to 25 people. The programme changes daily, with visitors having the opportunity to actively intervene in the programme themselves in order to visualize specific content.
The programme is aimed at both the general public and experts.

Admission with Linz Card at a reduced rate: € 6.00 instead of € 8.00
The ticket also entitles you to free admission to Anton Bruckner's Birthplace in Ansfelden.

In addition to the exhibitions, it is also possible to experience the treasures of the monastery on a guided tour available every day during the exhibition period:
11:00 a.m.
13:00
15:00

In addition, there will be cultural education formats specifically related to the exhibition.
You will find more information about this here in due course.

Accessible for those with impaired mobility:
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A project of the Upper Austrian KulturEXPO Anton Bruckner 2024 in cooperation with the Augustiner Chorherrenstift (Augustinian Monastery) St. Florian and the OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH

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In collaboration with the Mozart Choir and the Wind Ensemble of Linz's Musical High School, the St. Florian Boys' Choir will perform Bruckner's Mass in E minor during the Pontifical Mass for the Feast of St. Florian.

St. Florian Boys Choir

Stefan Kaltenböck | Management

Markus Stumpner | Management

St. Florian Boys Choir

Mozart Choir

Wind Ensemble of the Musical High School Linz

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The fact that you can get art from a vending machine just like chewing gum, snacks or drinks is no longer something entirely new. However, the inventor of the art vending machine, Helene Huemer, fills it with sculptures, medals, scrolls and drawings as well as comics in the style of Bruckner. The machine is now going on tour through Upper Austria and demands to be filled again and again by creative people. There is a hands-on table for both the young and old where YOU can give your creativity free rein. Get in on the art: model, stamp, draw, write poetry and let us teleport Anton Bruckner, the organ rock star, into the here and now. Insert a 2 euro coin, spin it and plop! You will be rewarded with a surprise such as an original work of art from regional & international artists or from one of the participants.

The restaurant is barrier-free except for the entrance step! The WC is not wheelchair-accessible!

This event takes place as part of the Floriani Kirtag.

All dates at a glance:
Enns - 18.04.2024
Ansfelden-25.05.2024
Wolfern-26.05.2024
Attersee-31.05.2024

A project of the Upper Austrian KulturEXPO Anton Bruckner 2024

Helene Huemer | Artist

with citizens, artists and associations

Marketplace 5 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

David Wagner is collecting audio donations of short motifs from the 9 Bruckner symphonies on video from the residents of the streets, alleys, paths and squares throughout Upper Austria once frequented by Bruckner. He is using them to create a 9-minute compilation of footage that depicts a representative cross-section of Bruckner's creative symphonic work. He has the support of a randomly generated cross-section of the population from the entire state of Upper-Austria.

In this way 72 short videos are produced. The actual "performance" is filmed as is the journey itself, making contact with the people, the rehearsals and various "making of" scenes. These are then edited to make a film which also lasts for around 9 minutes.

Just like Anton Bruckner, David Wagner navigates his way through the countryside without the need for an engine. With a velocipede as his means of transport, he reaches all of the 72 stations on his Bruckner Road Tour without generating any CO2 thus ensuring that the spirit of Bruckner, which still hovers above the land above the River Enns, remains undisturbed by  pollutants .

David Wagner is looking forward to the company of fellow cyclists along the route to sweeten some of the kilometres he has to cover on these 1,500 kilometres through Upper Austria.
More info. will follow.

You can find more information about the tour under "Details & Tickets".

Accessible for those with impaired mobility:
Tour: not barrier-free!

A project of the Upper Austrian KulturEXPO Anton Bruckner 2024

David Wagner

Floriani-Kirtag 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

Experience the sound of Anton Bruckner's Bösendorfer grand piano and find out more about the history of this important instrument. It accompanied the famous composer for almost 50 years of his life. 
From 4 May to 26 October 2024, our musicians will bring this historic grand piano to life - 6 pm every Saturday in the Landeshauptmannzimmer.

Bruckner grand piano listening experience (20 minutes): € 8.00

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ORGAN TOUR "Behind the scenes of Bruckner's organ" On this tour, you will be able to look behind the scenes at Bruckner's organ with the monastery's organist: how does an organ work, what does it look like inside, how do the various stops sound? A few pieces will be played and visitors will be given the opportunity to try out the organ for themselves.

Organ tour (50 minutes): € 13.00 (concessions € 12.00)

Registration

St. Florian Monastery

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Concert on the Bruckner organ
with the winners of the "prima la musica" organ competition

Details of the programme will follow!

At 14:30, Provost Johann invites you to an exclusive guided tour of the Bruckner exhibition
Following the concert at 18:00 - Sunday Vespers in the collegiate basilica
Tickets can be reserved under orders
Price: € 25.00 / free choice of seats

Cooperation with Musik der Jugend

Upper Austria Collegiate Concerts

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Anton Bruckner (1824-1896): Mass in D minor Regina Riel (soprano), Gerda Lischka (alto), Markus Miesenberger (tenor), Michael Wagner (bass) Altomonte Orchestra, StiftsChor Conductor: Martin Zeller

St. Florian Monastery

Martin Zeller | Conductorship

Regina Riel | Soprano

Gerda Lischka | Alto

Markus Miesenberger | Tenor

Michael Wagner | Bass

Altomonte Orchestra

Abbey Choir

Stiftstrasse 1 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

In the beautiful atmosphere of the St. Florian Abbey Basilica, the Japanese Mount Asama Orchestra and the Yokohama Joy Choir, conducted by Katsuto Yokoshima, will perform excerpts from Ludwig van Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7. The orchestra was founded in the year 2000 and has since toured Europe and Asia.

For free tickets, please contact lisamarie.schreiner@columbus.at

Concerts-Austria

Katsuto Yokoshima | Conductor

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The Bruckner organ is the largest and most famous of the organs located  in St. Florian Abbey. You can find out which other organs there are, how they sound and on which occasions they are played on the organ walk. It takes you to the Bruckner organ, the organ in St. Mary's Chapel, the processional organ, the "apple rack" and to Anton Bruckner's harmonium. Organ walk (90 minutes): € 17.50 (commissions € 16.50)

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St. Florian Monastery

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Organist | Bernhard Prammer, titular organist of the Bruckner organ in the Old Cathedral in Linz
Bernhard Prammer will play organ improvisations as well as music by Anton Bruckner and his musical entourage.

9:10 a.m.: Start of the competition drive for classic cars at the main square in Traun.
The route leads via Hörsching to Kremsmünster, Schlierbach, Kirchdorf a. d. Krems, Steyrling, Sierning-Neuzeug, Wolfern, Kronstorf, Ansfelden to St. Florian.

Admission to the organ recitals in Schlierbach Abbey Church, Steyrling Parish Church, Kronstorf Parish Church and St. Florian Abbey Church is free of charge.

Schlierbach:
Collegiate Church
between 10:45 and 11:10

Steyrling:
Parish Church (Church of the Immaculate Conception of Mary)
between 11:45 and 12:10

Kronstorf:
Parish church
between 15:30 and 15:55

St. Florian:
Collegiate church (Bruckner organ)
between 17:00 and 17:25

Ambassador Club Traun

Organist | Bernhard Prammer

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"A storm of enthusiasm was unleashed like an elemental force," Hugo Wolf reported following the premiere of the 8th Symphony, which took place on 18 December, 1892 at the Vienna Musikverein (Music Association). Hans Richter conducted the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and it seemed as if Anton Bruckner was on a creative roll: His 7th Symphony had been enthusiastically received at every new venue since its premiere in Leipzig in 1884. What's more his "Eighth" was premiered by the very orchestra that had ridiculed him at an audition for his 3rd Symphony.

And yet things did not seem to come that easily to him. The "Eighth" was actually finished in 1887 and Bruckner - unlike with his previous works - was even satisfied with the result. "May it find favour," he noted in his diary. But his contemporaries were once again overwhelmed and had a completely different opinion. Hermann Levi, the conductor of the "Tristan" premiere and a confidante of Bruckner, had his doubts and could not identify with it: the instrumentation did not suit him and overall it was too similar to the 7th Symphony. Bruckner went right back to his desk and gave it a thorough overhaul.

And this revamp was definitely worth it! Not only was Hugo Wolf delighted, but the entire audience in the Great Hall of the Vienna Musikverein went wild with enthusiasm. After each movement, Bruckner was asked to come on stage where he received three huge laurel wreaths. These storms of enthusiasm continue to this day and it will be interesting to see in what way Markus Poschner and "his" Bruckner Orchestra Linz will interpret this work.

Upper Austria Collegiate Concerts

Bruckner Orchestra Linz

Markus Poschner | Conductor

Paul Zulehner | Spiritual miniaturist

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With BrucknAIR, Bruckner's 8th Symphony will be broadcast from the festival halls in St. Florian to the public domain and made accessible to a wide audience.
Experience the live audio transmission of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz ,directed by Markus Poschner, in the market square in St. Florian.

Parish of St. Florian

Marketplace 4490 St. Florian

The premiere of Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony took place in Leipzig on 30 November, 1884 by 29-year-old Arthur Nikisch. The date is very memorable as sixty-year-old Anton Bruckner was celebrating a long-awaited success. In March 1885, the Munich premiere by Hermann Levi was a triumph: "Bruckner is a genius", "Finally, finally someone who draws on unlimited resources", "The symphony stands before us as an imperishable work of musical architecture." Bruckner must have been amazed when he read these reviews. Today, the Seventh is one of his  most frequently performed  symphonies. Bruckner dedicated it to the "fairytale king" of Bavaria, Ludwig II, the eccentric monarch who preferred to have himself portrayed as the swan knight, Lohengrin, and financed Wagner's lofty plans.

The great Austrian theologian and thinker, Paul Zulehner, takes the floor before the performance and gets the audience in the right mood with a "Spiritual Miniature".

Bruckner Orchestra Linz

Markus Poschner | Conductor

Paul Zulehner | Spiritual miniaturist

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For the seventh time, numerous LEGO models will be on display in a large exhibition including everything from Star War spaceships and churches to a huge city compound with trains. The collegiate basilica will also be exhibited within this framework. It was assembled from 25,000 individual parts and is one of the many highlights of the exhibition. from 9:30 to 18:00.

Admission
Children up to 6 years: free
Children from 7 to 12 years: € 4.00
Visitors from 13 years: € 6.00

(with LEGO® flea market)

St. Florian Monastery

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St. Florian Organ Summer "Bruckner 200" Hansjörg Albrecht (Germany) With image transmission on canvas!

Admission: voluntary donation

St. Florian Monastery

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After 2017, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra with its honorary conductor Herbert Blomstedt will once again perform at the OÖ. Abbey Concerts again. The program includes Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony - unfinished and dedicated to "the good Lord". We are also celebrating the 97th birthday of Bruckner expert Herbert Blomstedt to the day, and there is probably no more fitting setting for this special occasion than the Basilica of St. Florian's Abbey.

UPPER AUSTRIA. Abbey Concerts

Herbert Blomstedt | Conductor

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

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St. Florian Organ Summer "Bruckner and Reger - two late Romantic giants" Raphael Attila Vogl (Germany/USA) With image transmission on screen!

Admission: voluntary donation

St. Florian Monastery

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International Organ Competition "Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter" Award ceremony and prizewinners' concert

St. Florian Monastery

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Pontifical Mass of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary - patron saint of the collegiate basilica William Byrd (1543-1623): Mass in four parts Anton Bruckner: Motets ARTOS Vocal Ensemble (Faroe Islands) Conductor: Jóhannes Andreasen

St. Florian Monastery

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This year begins with two sacred concerts as an "Ouverture spirituelle", in which Anton Bruckner's spirituality is explored in very different ways. The first of the two choral concerts features Joh. Seb. Bach's Mass in B minor, one of the greatest mass compositions in music history. Bach worked on this infinitely rich and festive work in very different phases of his life between 1724 and 1749 and completed it shortly before his death. It is his only setting of the complete Catholic mass text and, like many of his cyclical works from his later years, is part of his legacy of musical perfection. Recent Bach research has also suggested that the mass may have been intended for performance in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna in 1749. The 27 movements of the great mass consist of 18 choruses and 9 arias and follow a strictly symmetrical concept. This fascinating work is being performed for the first time in St. Florian and fits perfectly into the architecture and acoustics of the abbey basilica.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): "High Mass" in B minor BWV 232

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Ad libitum choir

Original sound orchestra Barucco

Elisabeth Breuer | Soprano

Annelie Müller | Old

Daniel Johannsen | Tenor

Christoph Filler | Bass

Heinz Ferlesch | Conductor

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"A Seidl especially for Doctor Bruckner!" at the Gasthof Gause meant that the glass had to be poured very carefully with a strong head and served to the master without delay. Bruckner spent his twilight pints with his favorite students almost every evening. They report that the master strictly insisted on "compulsory attendance" and always consumed an uneven number of beers. During his time in Linz, he had become very fond of brass band music thanks to the garrison band that performed daily. "Beer and brass music" - the opening twilight pint of the Bruckner Festival 2022. Joschi Auer will lead through the program in his well-known cabaret style.

Admission free
Reservations are requested: +43 (0) 7224 890270

St. Florian Bruckner Festival Association

Franz Falkner | Management

Joshi Auer | Moderation

Stiftsstraße 1 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

For the anniversary year, we once again welcome the European Brass Collective, which already opened the Bruckner Festival 2016 & 2018 "sonorously and magnificently" (quote OÖN). The musicians got to know each other at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and are closely associated with the Bruckner Festival, with many of them also playing in the symphony concert of the Altomonte Orchestra. They came to St. Florian through Thomas Wall's international contacts. As always, the colorful program ranging from baroque to romantic to pop will be enriched by "musical guest gifts" from the two composers in the ensemble, conductor Dani Perpinan and trombonist Paul Frost: Their compositions written for this concert are "tributes" to the "jubilarian and host" Anton Bruckner. Goosebumps are guaranteed again this year!

St. Florian Bruckner Days

European Brass Collective

Daniel Perpinan | Management

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All-day program for children from 6 to 12 years (daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Highlight: "Bruckner SINNKLUSIV" for ALL on Wednesday, August 21, 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Tickets from March 1, 2024!

Questions about the ticket: ticket@brucknertage.at
For members: members@brucknertage.at

The program of the Junge Brucknertage is currently being prepared for you, more details will follow!

St. Florian Bruckner Festival Association

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Inspired by Anton Bruckner's musical legacy, Christian Wirth and his Chameleon Orchestra celebrate a brilliant evening of world music in which exceptional musicians known from the Bruckner Festival and Mozambique's superstar singer Stewart Sukuma meet musically under a colorful arc of the sky spanning continents.
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 in heaven".

#OPEN AIR - in any weather - please wear weatherproof clothing

St. Florian Bruckner Days

Chameleon Orchestra

Christian Wirth | Management

Stewart Sukuma | Soloist

Stiftstrasse 2 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

International Bruckner Congress
Tuesday, 20 August - Friday, 23 August  / Sala terrena

This congress, co-organized by the Bruckner Society of America and the St. Florian Bruckner Festival, brings together a group of leading Bruckner scholars and experts from across Europe and America to share the latest findings from their research and studies. Topics range from source studies, performance practice and reception history to musical analysis. We look forward to welcoming everyone who loves Bruckner's music, whether enthusiast or connoisseur, to this fascinating and stimulating lecture series.

Ben Korstvedt (Bruckner Society of America)
This year we are delighted to be able to hold the World Congress of the American Bruckner Society in collaboration with the symposium of the annual Bruckner Dimensions. It is a great honour for us to host the world's leading Bruckner scholars at St. Florian Abbey from  20 - 23 August as part of our festival. In a total of 25 lectures, we will be able to hear about the latest findings in Bruckner research at first hand and learn about suggestions for further ideas and research projects. It is of special significance if this inspiration comes from St. Florian, the place where Bruckner himself was greatly inspired with regard to his own musical career. The congress is accessible to everyone and open to all interested parties.

St. Florian Bruckner Days

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Kostvedt | Clarke University | President of the Bruckner Society

Prof. Matthias Giesen | Anton Bruckner Private University | Artistic Director St. Florian Bruckner Festival

Prof. Dr. Klaus Laczika | Private University for Jazz and Popular Music Vienna | Artistic Director of St. Florian Bruckner Festival

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The Organ Night is also celebrating an anniversary at the Bruckner Festival, as it is now taking place for the tenth time in a row. This year's special program fits in with this. With Michael Floredo's Organ Symphony for three organists and conductors on one organ, which was premiered here in St. Florian 13 years ago, we would like to repeat a special program item that caused an enthusiastic sensation at the time. The Vorarlberg composer has already written several compositions for the monastery and the Bruckner Festival, and in his organ symphony he traces the large areas in Bruckner's symphonies. The video transmission into the church space makes it a fascinating experience to watch the three organists playing with and on top of each other. The new CD by Austrian opera star Günther Groissböck with Matthias Giesen on the organ will also be presented. Groissböck focuses on the sacred music of Anton Bruckner, as well as works by Brahms, Fr. Schmidt, J. Haydn and others. The concert night is framed by two famous organists from Italy and England: Giulia Biagetti plays music from the Bach period, Peter King ends the organ night with a firework display of organ transcriptions, most recently with the jazzy "Voices of the world".

19.30 Giulia Biagetti, Lucca/I "Rings around Bach"
Christian Friedrich Witt (1660-1717)

Passacaglia in D minor
Chorale prelude "Jesu Christ, the only Son of God"

Johann Peter Kellner (1705-1772)
Prelude and fugue in d

Johann Schneider (1702-1788)
Trio on "Mein Gott das Herze bring' ich dir"
Prelude and fugue in G major

Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748)
Partite on "My Jesus I will not leave"

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata and Fuga in D minor ("The Dorian") BWV 538

Ernst Friedrich Richter (1808-1879)
Trio on "Jesu, my joy"
Fantasia, Adagio, Fuga op. 19

20.15 Michael Floredo: Symphony No. 3 for three organists on one organ "6 hands/6 feet"
Sergej Tcherepanov, Benjamin Guélat, Sebastian Trinkl
Conductor: Matthias Giesen

22.00 Presentation of the new CD "In te Domine speravi"
with Günther Groissböck and Matthias Giesen (Gramola)
Excerpts from the program of the new CD
Moderation: Richard Winter
Works by A. Bruckner, J. Brahms, Fr. Schmidt and others.

22.45 Peter King, Exeter/GB "Music from England"
William Byrd (1543-1623): Galliard III

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924): Postlude in D minor

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847): Prelude and Fugue in E minor op. 35/1
(trans. by W. T. Best)

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764): "Entrée de Polymnie" (from the ballet "Les Boréades"), (trans. by Peter King)

Iain Farrington (*1977): "Voices of the World" (2023)

St. Florian Bruckner Days

Peter King (GB)

Giulia Biagetti (Italy)

Matthias Giesen (Austria)

Günther Groissböck (Austria)

Sergej Tcherepanov (Germany)

Benjamin Guélat (Switzerland)

Augustinian canons' monastery of St. Florian, collegiate basilica 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

The young Varga Quartet is one of Vienna's leading string quartets. Together with the Florian cellist Florian Eggner, we will hear Franz Schubert's greatest chamber music composition as the main work of the evening: his String Quintet in C major. This work was largely composed in September 1828, two months before Schubert's death. It is the counterpart to Bruckner's F major String Quintet and represents a key work within 19th century chamber music. It combines Schubert's typical songfulness, tragic depth, gripping drama and dance-like joy. The concert begins with Beethoven's E minor Quartet from 1806, one of the three quartets commissioned by the Russian diplomat and Beethoven patron Andrei Rasumovsky. In between, we will hear a work by Franz Xaver Müller, Augustinian canon and Regens Chori at St. Florian Abbey. His Quartettino in D major was composed in 1928 and is dedicated to Karl Aigner (1863-1935), who also worked at the monastery as a monastery musician, copyist and assistant to Bruckner.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): String Quartet in E minor op. 59/2 ("Rasumovsky Quartet")
Franz Xaver Müller (1870-1948): Quartettino in D major
Franz Schubert (1797-1828): String Quintet in C major D 956

St. Florian Bruckner Festival Association

Varga Quartet

Pavol Varga | Violin I

Katharina Veselská | Violin II

Peter Zwiebel | Viola

Stefanie Huber | Cello I

Florian Eggner | Cello II

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Anton Bruckner began his musical career not only as an organist, but also as a folk musician. In Windhaag, he regularly played as a violinist on Sundays and public holidays in the inn in the so-called "church trio" (two violins and bass) for dancing. Bruckner himself is also said to have been a good dancer. We would like to explore these references to folk music. Three different folk music ensembles will perform in three different Florian pubs for 30 minutes each and then change pubs. The groups start at 19:30 in the Stiftskeller, in the Gasthaus Wimhofer (in front of the Einsertor near the monastery) and in the Gasthof Franz Ferdinand on the market square. Guests can sit back and relax with food and drink while awaiting the next group. Look forward to experiencing Bruckner in an entertaining and completely different way.

Matthias Giesen

St. Florian Bruckner Days

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Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. IX & excerpts from the surviving final fragments

The master began his IX. Symphony. Although weakened by his heart disease from 1890, he worked tirelessly on his last composition. The first three movements are complete. The work has mostly been performed in this three-movement form since its premiere in 1903 and is therefore familiar to the music world as "unfinished". Bruckner spent the last three years of his life - repeatedly interrupted by bouts of illness - working on the finale of IX. Although the piece was already very advanced in terms of sketches and elaboration, he was unable to complete it. The composition has only survived in fragments and is therefore only known to a few listeners. Although it has occasionally been played by a third hand in attempts to supplement and complete it, notes and passages in Bruckner's own hand have never been performed without later additions by others. In the first part of the symphony concert, moderated by Prof. Felix Diergarten (CH), some of the most important authentic fragments that originate exclusively from Bruckner's hand will be heard for the first time - naturally in fragmentary blocks. Bruckner finds a completely new and visionary tonal language, which even goes beyond the modernity of the 3rd movement. Following the compositional outlook of the last final fragments, the entire IX. Symphony will be performed in its three surviving movements.

St. Florian Bruckner Days

Altomonte Orchestra

Rémy Ballot | Conductor

Prof. Dr. Felix Diergarten | Moderation

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Concert for Bruckner's 200th birthday in Ansfelden. Since 2018, the International Bruckner Festival Linz has begun every year on September 4, the birthday of its namesake. The birthday concert to kick off the festival always takes place in Ansfelden, the place where it all began for Anton Bruckner, where he was born in the servants' quarters of the school building and baptized on the same day in the nearby parish church.

In 2024, the well-wishers could hardly be more prominent: The Cleveland Orchestra, known as the "most European" of the US orchestras, and its chief conductor Franz Welser-Möst from Linz will do the honors and pay tribute to the jubilarian with an open-air performance in the open space between the parish church and courtyard.

Accessibility:
Brucknerhaus

Franz Welser-Möst | Conductor

The Cleveland Orchestra | Conductor

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Violin, piano and organ for all ages 6 and up

Like Anton Bruckner before him, the young Tobias Takacs from Weyregg am Attersee plays the violin, piano and organ, with a focus on the latter. In a presentation moderated by himself, he will introduce the composer's three (original) instruments: the violin from the workshop of Linz violin maker Joseph Pauli (1769-1846), which is usually on display in the Bruckner Room in Kronstorf and which Bruckner played in his youth, the violin normally exhibited in the Bruckner memorial rooms at St. Florian Abbey, the Bösendorfer grand piano made shortly after 1845, which Bruckner owned from 1848 until his death, and the so-called Bruckner organ in the abbey basilica with its 7386 pipes, under which Bruckner was buried at his own request. He brings all three to life with music by the jubilarian, proving not least that there are still great multi-talented musicians in Upper Austria today.

 

Works for violin, piano and organ by

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

 

Tobias Takacs | violin, piano, organ & moderation

Jan David Schmitz | Concept

Bruckner's Mass in F minor

Psalm 90 by Charles Ives, not only the longest, but unquestionably also a highlight among his ten psalm settings, is based on a work from 1894, which he revised in 1897-98 and, as it had apparently been lost in the meantime, reconstructed in 1923-24. The fascinatingly modern sound effects that Ives gains from the unusual instrumentation, in which four bells join the choir and organ, culminate in a 22-note cluster in the middle of the piece, which is both formally strict and stringently conceived.

Anton Bruckner's Mass (No. 3) in F minor was composed in Linz in 1867 and 1868, but already with a view to a premiere in the Vienna Hofburgkapelle, which, however, could only take place in St. Augustin in 1872 with the participation of the Hofmusikkapelle and conducted by the composer, as the court conductor Johann von Herbeck considered the work "too long and unsingable" . The mass accompanied Bruckner until the last years of his life. Over a period of around 25 years, he repeatedly subjected it to minor and major revisions. A letter to the conductor Siegfried Ochs dated April 14, 1895 shows how dear it was to his heart: "Bruckner is getting old and would still like to hear the 'F minor [Mass]'! Please, please! That would be the highlight of my life."

The exquisite soloists, the Munich Philharmonic Choir, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, which has a wealth of experience with concerts in St. Florian, and the conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, who specializes in historically informed performance practice, will ensure that the performance of this mass will be a highlight of the International Brucknerfest Linz 2024 and will be heard for the first time in a concert organized by the Brucknerhaus Linz.

 

Charles Ives (1874-1954)

Psalm 90 for four-part mixed choir, bells and organ (1894, rev. 1897-98, 1923-24)

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

Mass (No. 3) in F minor for soloists, four-part mixed choir, orchestra and organ, WAB 28 (1867-68, rev. 1868-69, 1872-73, 1876-77, 1881, 1883, 1893)

 

Katharina Konradi | Soprano

Eva Zaïcik | Alto

Benjamin Bruns | Tenor

Jean Teitgen | Bass

Munich Philharmonic Choir

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

Thomas Hengelbrock | Conductor

St. Florianer Orgelherbst Matinée "Valuable for & by Bruckner for the 200th anniversary" Andreas Etlinger (Austria) With image transmission on screen!

Admission: voluntary donation

St. Florian Monastery

Stiftstrasse 1 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

Ceremonial closing concert of the International Brucknerfest Linz 2024

"Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine"

Since 2018, the International Bruckner Festival Linz has ended every year on October 11, the anniversary of the death of its namesake. The memorial concert at the end of the festival always takes place in the St. Florian Abbey Basilica, the place where everything ended for Anton Bruckner, where he was buried under his beloved great organ at his own request and where he hoped to find eternal rest.

In honor of his memory, the Symphony No. 8 in C minor was performed in the "1890 version" in 2024. With no other revision did the composer change one of his symphonies more drastically, for while the repeated achievement of a radiant C major in the "1887 version" is not the "object of a tenacious struggle but of a solemnly celebrated certainty" , the second version stages the long journey from C minor at the beginning to C major at the end as a "painstakingly won symphonic triumph" and thus appears to us today as a reflection of Bruckner's own creative path. The last movement he completed forms the conclusion, in the coda of which the superimposed main themes of all four movements of the symphony are heard simultaneously.

This closes the circle, and not only in the musical and thematic sense: as at the opening ceremony of the festival, the orchestra bearing Bruckner's name will be playing under the direction of its chief conductor, the work of an Austrian composer will be premiered at the beginning, as at the end of the ceremony, and the program will include a symphony that was also performed in the same version and at the same venue at the 2018 Brucknerfest. Thus, the sentence with which T. S. Eliot's poem East Coker concludes proves true once again: "In my end is my beginning."

 

Klaus Lang (* 1971)

New work for organ and orchestra (2023-24) [world premiere]

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (1884-87, rev. 1887-90) "1890 version"

 

Klaus Lang | Organ

Bruckner Orchestra Linz

Markus Poschner | Conductor

Parish and chapter service Anton Bruckner: Windhaager Mass for alto, 2 horns and organ.

St. Florian Monastery

Franz Farnberger | Management

St. Florian Boys Choir

Stiftstrasse 1 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

Pontifical Mass Anton Bruckner (1824-1896): Mass in F minor

St. Florian Monastery

Martin Zeller | Conductorship

Regina Riel | Soprano

Gerda Lischka | Alto

Markus Miesenberger | Tenor

Michael Wagner | Bass

Abbey Choir

Altomonte Orchestra

Stiftstrasse 1 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

Celebratory concert to mark the 25th anniversary of the Schola Floriana.
"Gregorian chant in the mirror of time" Motets from the Renaissance to modern times and improvisations.

Bernhard Barth | Horn

Andreas Sotsas | Tuba

Thomas Wall | Cello

Andreas Etlinger | Organ

Matthias Giesen | Management

Stiftstrasse 1 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

Pontifical Mass Motets by William Byrd, Anton Bruckner and Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter

St. Florian Monastery

Martin Zeller | Conductorship

Abbey Choir

Stiftstrasse 1 4490 St. Florian Details & Tickets

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