An dem Feste, WAB 59
|An dem Feste|
|Secular choral work by Anton Bruckner|
The city church of Enns
|Dedication||Josef Ritter von Pessler|
"An dem Feste" (At the feast), WAB 59, is a song composed by the 19-year-old Anton Bruckner in 1843 during his stay as schoolteacher's assistant in Kronstorf. In 1893, near the end of his life, Bruckner modified slightly its music score and let Karl Ptak put another text on the song, with as title "Tafellied" (Table song), WAB 86.
Bruckner composed this youth work on a five-strophe text of the parish priest of Kronstorf, Alois Knauer, in 1843, during his stay as schoolteacher's assistant. He dedicated it to Josef Ritter von Pessler, the parish priest of Enns. The work was performed on 19 September 1843 in the church of Enns. The work, of which the original manuscript is stored in the archive of the Stadt- und Landsbibliothek (City and province library) of Vienna, was first issued in Band I, pp. 231-233, of the Göllerich/Auer biography. The original setting of An dem Feste and a variant for mixed choir are issued in Band XXIII/2, No. 1 of the Gesamtausgabe.
Near the end of his life, Bruckner let Karl Ptak put another text on the song and modified slightly its music score, with as title Tafellied (Table song), WAB 86. The revised song, the composition of which was fulfilled on 22 February 1893, was performed by the Wiener Akademisches Gesanverein (Choral association of the university of Vienna) on 11 March 1893. Tafellied is issued in Band XXIII/2, No. 36 of the Gesamtausgabe.
In 1928, Anton Böhm & Sohn issued a new version of Bruckner's popular song transposed to D major with a text by Ludwig Carl Kraus (Freudig laßt das Lied erschallen in der hehren Feierstund), with as title Festlied (Festive song). This new issue of the song was classified by Renate Grasberger as WAB 67.
Two years later (1930), Anton Böhm & Sohn issued again a new version in C major for mixed choir with a text by Alfred Zehelein (Heil dem Feste, das uns heute traut im engen Kreis vereint).
An dem Feste uses a text by Alois Knauer.
An dem Feste, das uns heute
At the feast, which today
The 20-bar long work (16 bars plus repeat of the lats 4 bars) in D-flat major, which is scored for TTBB choir, uses five strophes. There is also a setting for SABB choir.
The revised, 16-bar long Tafellied uses three strophes.
An dem Feste
There is a single recording of the original setting :
- Thomas Kerbl, Männerchorvereinigung Bruckner 12, Weltliche Männerchöre – CD: LIVA 054, 2012 – 1st and 5th strophes
There is as yet no recording of Tafellied.
- August Göllerich, Anton Bruckner. Ein Lebens- und Schaffens-Bild, c. 1922 – posthumous edited by Max Auer by G. Bosse, Regensburg, 1932
- Anton Bruckner – Sämtliche Werke, Band XXIII/2: Weltliche Chorwerke (1843–1893), Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag der Internationalen Bruckner-Gesellschaft, Angela Pachovsky and Anton Reinthaler (Editor), Vienna, 1989
- Cornelis van Zwol, Anton Bruckner 1824–1896 – Leven en werken, uitg. Thoth, Bussum, Netherlands, 2012. ISBN 978-90-6868-590-9
- Uwe Harten, Anton Bruckner. Ein Handbuch. Residenz Verlag, Salzburg, 1996. ISBN 3-7017-1030-9.
- Crawford Howie, Anton Bruckner - A documentary biography, online revised edition
- An dem Feste, WAB 59: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- An dem Feste Des-Dur, WAB 59; Festlied D-Dur, WAB 67; Tafellied Des-Dur, WAB 86 – Critical discography by Hans Roelofs (in German)
- A life performance of An dem Feste (4 October 2014) can be heard on YouTube at 2:49 min of Volksmusik vom Ansfeldner 5' Gsang und eine Lesung über Anton Bruckner - Mixed vocal quartet, strophes 1 & 2.
- A live performance of Festlied, WAB 67 by the Wagner Society Male Choir of Japan, 11 December 1988, can be heard on YouTube: Festlied, WAB 67