Four Orchestral Pieces (Bruckner)
Somewhat later in the same year, he tried his hand at purely orchestral composition. These "first arms" resulted in four small orchestral pieces: the so-called Three Orchestral Pieces and the March in D minor.
Three Orchestral Pieces
The Three Orchestral Pieces (E-flat major, E minor and F major, WAB 97) are charming, melodious little movements, scored for an orchestra employing one trombone in addition to the orchestral setting of Mozart’s late symphonies.
Their main interest lies in the fact that with these pieces Bruckner for the first time touched upon that field which he was to make his life's work: pure and absolute orchestral music.
March in D minor
The March in D minor (WAB 96) is the only one of the four pieces which has some slight indication of the Bruckner to come.
It is interesting to note that it already contains a passage which will recur much later in the Eighth Symphony. The orchestral setting of the March used two additional trombones.
- Discography of the Three Orchestral Pieces by John Berky
- Discography of the March in D minor by John Berky
- Downloadable samples of the small orchestral pieces on John Berky’s site