Symphony No. 1 (Bruckner)
|Symphony No. 1|
|by Anton Bruckner|
A portrait of Anton Bruckner, c. 1860
|Dedication||University of Vienna|
|Performed||9 May 1868Linz –|
|Recorded||Volkmar Andreae, Austria State Symphony Orchestra, 1950|
Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 1 in C minor (WAB 101) was the first symphony the composer thought worthy of performing, and bequeathing to the Vienna national library. Chronologically, it comes after the Study Symphony in F minor and before Symphony in D minor ("No. 0"). The first version of the Symphony No. 2 in C minor was completed after the Symphony in D minor.
The Symphony No. 1 was premiered under Bruckner in 1868. It was dedicated to the University of Vienna, after Bruckner was granted an honorary doctorate in 1891.
Bruckner gave it the nickname "das kecke Beserl", roughly translated as "saucy maid".
- 1 Description
- 2 Versions
- 3 Instrumentation
- 4 Discography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The symphony has four movements.
- Allegro (C minor)
- Adagio (A-flat major)
- Scherzo: Lebhaft (lively)—G minor – Trio: Langsam (slowly)—G major
- Finale: Bewegt und feurig (with motion and pep)—C minor
Early draft (1865/1866)
Prior to the completion of the 1866 version, Bruckner composed earlier forms of the Adagio and the Scherzo. These earlier Adagio and Scherzo were edited in 1995 by Wolfgang Grandjean.
The Adagio was first conceived in classical sonata form with development, but Bruckner finally decided in favour of a three-part structure with an elaborately composed middle section. This early Adagio is partially orchestrated (no trumpets or trombones). The recapitulation of the second subject is only sketched by the woodwinds, and five bars are missing before the—on the contrary—fully orchestrated close of the movement. For performance purposes, Grandjean has filled–in the missing bars using the corresponding musical material from the Linz version. 
In the leaflet of his recording of the 1866 Version Tintner mentions: "[T]he earlier very short Scherzo, which Bruckner discarded before 1866 (because of its brevity?) with chromatic syncopation, is perhaps more interesting [than the final one]". The early Scherzo is also not fully orchestrated (no trumpets or trombones). For the Linz version Bruckner wrote a completely new Scherzo, but kept the Trio unchanged.
The first version of the symphony, written by Bruckner in Linz and first performed under his baton in 1868. Sometimes known as the unrevised Linz version, this is available in an edition by William Carragan. It has been recorded by Georg Tintner.
Although often also called the "Linz" version, this was in fact made in Vienna. It is available in editions by Robert Haas (published 1935) and Leopold Nowak (published 1953). The vast majority of recordings, including the famous one featuring Eugen Jochum conducting the Dresden Staatskapelle, are of one of these two editions.
Known as the "Vienna" version, this is considerably different from the 1877 and 1866 versions. It is available in an edition by Günther Brosche, published in 1980. It has been recorded by Riccardo Chailly, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Günter Wand.
1893 first published edition
Edited by Doblinger under the supervision of Cyrill Hynais, this has very few differences from the 1891 version. It has been recorded by F. Charles Adler, Volkmar Andreae and Fritz Zaun (scherzo only).
Early draft of 1865/1866
There is a single commercially available recording of the early Adagio and Scherzo:
- Ricardo Luna, Bruckner unknown, CD Preiser Records PR 91250, 2013
Version of 1866 (Linzer)
- Georg Tintner conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, studio recording, Naxos, 1998
- Gerd Schaller conducting the Philharmonie Festiva, live recording, Profil PH 12022, 2011
Version of 1877/1884 (Linzer revised)
- Georg-Ludwig Jochum conducting the RIAS Symphony Orchestra, live performance, Tahra, 1956 (Haas/1877)
- Eugen Jochum conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsche Grammophon, 1966 (Nowak/1877)
- Eugen Jochum conducting the Dresden Staatskapelle, EMI, 1978 (Nowak/1877)
- Herbert von Karajan conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsche Grammophon, 1981 (Nowak/1877)
- Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting the Bayerisches Staatsorchester München, Orfeo, 1984 (Haas/1877)
- Eliahu Inbal conducting the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Teldec, 1987 (Nowak/1877)
- Takashi Asahina conducting the Osaka Philharmonic, Canyon, 1994 (Haas/1877)
- Stanisław Skrowaczewski conducting the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra, Arte Nova/Oehms Classics, 1995 (Nowak/1877)
Version of 1891 (Wiener)
- Volkmar Andreae conducting the Austria State Symphony Orchestra, Forgotten Records, 1950 (Doblinger/1893)
- Charles Adler conducting the Vienna Orchestra Society, Forgotten Records, 1955 (Doblinger/1893)
- Günter Wand conducting the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, EMI, 1981 (Brosche/1980)
- Leon Botstein conducting the American Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Download, 2003 (Brosche/1980)
- Claudio Abbado conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, ACCENTUS Music, 2012 (Brosche/1980)
- Joseph C. Kraus, "Phrase rhythm in Bruckner's early orchestral scherzi", Bruckner Studies edited by Timothy L. Jackson and Paul Hawkshaw, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1997
- Anton Bruckner Critical Complete Edition - Symphony No. 1 in C minor
- Symphony No. 1: Free scores at the International Music Score Library Project
- Full score (Haas/1877) from the Indiana University school of music
- Bruckner Symphony Versions
- Complete discography