Klett-Cotta-Verlag Psychology

Bruckners Gott

Zum Adagio der Neunten Symphonie

April 2018, 22. Jahrgang, Heft 86, pp 8-29

Bruckner’s God: The Adagio of the Ninth Symphony
Few figures in the Classical-Romantic tradition of music are viewed as religious composers to the same extent as Anton Bruckner, and few other œuvres are considered largely religious music to the same degree as his. The Adagio of the Ninth Symphony in D Minor is the last movement that Bruckner completed in the symphony he famously wanted to dedicate to his ›dear God‹. At the same time, it is the most radical and advanced music that Bruckner ever wrote. This article argues against both biographically-based religious interpretations and purely formal ones; instead, through an analysis of the structure and thematic development that deals with the musical facts and their resonances, it aims to find out what it might actually mean to speak of the religious content of the Adagio of Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony.

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