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Why the reconstructed finale of the Bruckner Ninth works


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calyptorhynchus
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« on: June 14, 2015, 02:18:10 am »

I have written an essay on this topic, which may interest people:

http://www.mediafire.com/view/a899bg9g47sjtbz/Why_the_Reconstructed_Finale_of_the_Ninth_Works.pdf

Any comments or criticisms welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2015, 02:39:01 am »

I think that you deserve a response...even if that response is as brief and as totally superficial as mine will be.

I do not have your very obvious "technical" musical knowledge although I can acknowledge much of what you are saying.

In essence I agree with you and I think that your essay makes many excellent points.

I was very sceptical about the reconstructed finale. I had grown up and lived with the three movement version for so long that the conclusion of the third movement seemed at the very least apposite. When I finally gave in and listened to Simon Rattle's talk and to the Berlin PO's performance of the fourth movement I was converted. That does not mean that I can no longer listen to the three movement version. I do not feel that I "need" the finale but I do agree with you that "it works", that it is valid and that, as an alternative, it is worth listening to.

This may be a case of having one's cake and eating it....but so be it.

Thank you for sharing an insightful piece which helps a lot in understanding the place that the finale can have for the listener.
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2015, 10:14:16 pm »

My technical knowledge =

1. 1 "O" Level Music, grade B
2. Grade 5 piano

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Thanks for your response Colin.
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2015, 08:53:19 pm »

I have to say that I am quite converted to the finale. It is what Bruckner intended. I have a feeling that all the pleading about "just three movements are perfect" really amounts to a case of sour grapes.
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