Bruckner’s Divided Vienna By Leon Botstein Written for the concert Bruckner’s Divided Vienna, performed on Dec 1, 1999 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Rarely have politics and music engaged each other with such tenacious consistency as in the case of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century Vienna and German-speaking Austria. The recent elections in Austria…

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Symphony No. 4 (Löwe version) (1888) By Benjamin M. Korstvedt, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota Written for the concert Bruckner’s Divided Vienna, performed on Dec 1, 1999 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The Fourth Symphony is one of Bruckner’s most well known and popular works, yet tonight’s concert will present a…

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Overture to The Golden Cross (1875) By Anthony Burton Written for the concert Bruckner’s Divided Vienna, performed on Dec 1, 1999 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. In “Bruckner’s divided Vienna” of the late 19th century, Ignaz Brüll (1846-1907) belonged to the opposite camp to Bruckner’s: the circle surrounding Johannes Brahms. A successful pianist…

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Goldmark Violin Concerto By Leon Botstein Written for the concert Bruckner’s Divided Vienna, performed on Dec 1, 1999 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Asked what he did for a living by an old lady with whom he found himself traveling, Karl Goldmark (1830-1915) is said to have answered, “I am a composer-I am…

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