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Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner (1824-96)

Composer

The Austrian composer Anton Bruckner is a complex and sometimes contradictory figure. Although his music is as richly Romantic as that of Wagner - and the two were firm and lifelong friends - in personality they could not have been more different, with Bruckner's mild-mannered, simple and self-effacing nature marking him out as unusual among composers.

A devout Roman Catholic all his life, Bruckner initially found work as a church organist, and although he wrote little organ music, the influence of this experience on his compositional style is clear to the ear, with sudden changes of instrumentation in his orchestral works obviously derived from manual changes at the organ.

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