The home of the great composer Hearing, seeing and hiking in the footsteps of Anton Bruckner
„Everything has its limitations. Bruckner goes beyond them…“
- Johannes Brahms
Everyone who is involved with Anton Bruckner inevitably stumbles on the 2009 Culture Capital of Europe, Linz, and its environs. Even today his presence is tangible.
Some of his contemporaries christened him „Anton Bruckner, the unplayable“. He was born in Ansfelden in 1824. As an organist and musician, busy with the „Florianer Sängerknaben“, the boys‘ choir of St. Florian, and the Linz „Frohsinn“ Choir, the composer was absorbed in harmonic patterns and changed the tradition of symphonic music in that he based his instrumentation on the sounds and facilities of the organ.
Thus the musician created a new spectrum of sounds and has since been compared with Richard Wagner and other notable composers.
The Brucknerhaus in Donaupark, planned by the Finnish architects Heikki and Katja Siren, is a landmark of Linz and offers top-class modern and classical music. Guided tours of the Brucknerhaus are available all year round on request.
The Brucknerhaus Linz is home to classical music and contemporary works. The Open Classic Night opens the annual Bruckner Festival, a concert series with national and international musicians in honour of Anton Bruckner.
The Linz Bruckner Orchestra looks back on a tradition and history of more than 200 years and has in the last few decades built up an enviable reputation as one of the leading orchestras in central Europe.
With its 110 musicians, it is not only one of the biggest concert orchestras of Upper Austria, but also the resident orchestra of the Linz Theatre, appearing in its musical productions.They also make CD recordings. The orchestra also tours all over the world (Europe, Japan, Turkey, USA).
It is literally a one-off opportunity to hear like Bruckner did. However, this is possible with the organ at the Old Cathedral (Ignatiuskirche) in the historic city centre of Linz. Having been modified to suit his wishes, the instrument still sounds like in Bruckner‘s days.
Anton Bruckner and St. Florian
Only 20 minutes away from Linz lies the parish of St. Florian, with its 6000 inhabitants. St Florian is renowned for its boys‘ choir, the Florianer Sängerknaben, the Augustinian Monastery and its spiritual tradition which originated with its founder St. Florian. Also Anton Bruckner „God’s Composer“ is buried there.
Augustinian Monastery St. Florian
Magnificent rooms and historical treasures can be found at St. Florian Monastery. A guided tour of the monastery is an exciting journey through art and culture. It leads interested visitors through the library with more than 150,000 volumes, the imperial marble hall, to the Sebastian altar by Albrecht Altdorfer and into the crypt with Anton Bruckner's sarcophagus.
Phone: +43 7224 8902
Stift St. Florian
Named after Anton Bruckner, it was built by Franz Xaver Krismann in 1771-1774 and today comprises 7 386 organ pipes, 103 stops and 4 manuals. You can regularly listen to the sounds of the Bruckner organ at its own events.
Tel. +43 7224 8902
Bruckner days St. Florian
The Bruckner Days are considered the highlight of Bruckner events worldwide. An active examination of Anton Bruckner's work is promoted through top-class concerts, symposia and lectures.
Anton Bruckner Symphony Walk
MP3-Player-Hire in ABC – Anton Bruckner Centre
phone: +43 7229 78333
Anton Bruckner Birthplace Ansfelden
The life and work of Anton Bruckner is the focus of this small museum, which has been designed with attention to detail.
2 April bis 31 October
Saturday, Sunday, Public holidays 11 am to 4 pm