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.
he 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 the concert orchestra of Upper Austria, but also the resident orchestra of the Linz Theatre, appearing in its musical productions. Other important assignments are the Bruckner Festival, the Ars Electronica Festival and the Linz Klangwolke. 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
phone: +43 7224 89 02, fax: 89 02-23
More information about the Augustinian Monastery St. Florian
May 1 – October 15, 2017, daily at 11am/1pm/3pm
Groups can be catered for at any time by appointment
Adult € 9,50
Combined ticket Tour and Organ € 12,50
Package: „Kunst & Klang“ („Art and Sound“)
- Conducted tour of the Monastery
- Listening to the Bruckner Organ being played
- Lunch or Coffee and cakes in thecrypt restaurant
phone: +43 7224 8902
May 25-October 8, 2017
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun 2.30 pm
Adult € 5,50
Anton Bruckner Symphony Walk
MP3-Player-Hire in ABC – Anton Bruckner Centre
phone: +43 7229 78333