List of piano compositions by Anton Bruckner

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Anton Bruckner composed several small piano works, the earliest in 1850, the last in 1868.

Works for piano for two hands[edit]

Seven works are edited in Band XII/2 of the Bruckner's Gesamtausgabe.[1] These works were mainly composed for his piano pupils during his stay in St. Florian (1845–1855) and in Linz (1855–1868).[2]

  • Four Lancier-Quadrille, WAB 120, in C major, compiled in c. 1850 from melodies from Albert Lortzing's Der Wildschütz and Zar und Zimmermann, and Gaetano Donizetti's La fille du régiment,[3] as exercise for his piano pupil Aloisia Bogner:[4] Gesamtausgabe, Band XII/2, No. 1[5][6]
  • Steiermärker (From Steiermark), WAB 122, a 32-bar long piece in G major, composed also in c. 1850 for Aloisia Bogner:[4] Gesamtausgabe, Band XII/2, No. 2[5] It is a kind of stylised Ländler in A-B-C-A form.[6]
  • Klavierstück, WAB 119, an 18-bar long "piece for piano" in E-flat major, composed in c. 1856 for teaching purpose: Gesamtausgabe, Band XII/2, No. 3[5][7][8]
  • Sonatensatz, WAB 245, a 194-bar long first "movement of a sonata" in G minor, found on pp. 157–164 of the Kitzler-Studienbuch: Gesamtausgabe, Band XII/2, No. 7 (Addendum). The partially missing score for the left hand has been completed by Walburga Litschauer.[9][10]
  • Stille Betrachtung an einem Herbstabend (Quiet meditation on an autumn evening), WAB 123, a 58-bar long piece in F-sharp minor. A paraphrase of Mendelssohn's Lied ohne Worte opus 30, No. 6, which Bruckner composed on 10 October 1863 for Emma Thanner: Gesamtausgabe, Band XII/2, No. 4[7][11]
  • Fantasie, WAB 118, a 119-bar long, two-part "fantasia" in G major composed on 10 September 1868 for Alexandrine Soika: Gesamtausgabe, Band XII/2, No. 5[7][9]
  • Erinnerung (Remembrance), WAB 117, a 52-bar long piece in A-flat major composed in c. 1868: Gesamtausgabe, Band XII/2, No. 6[9][12]

Piano works composed during Kitzler's tuition[edit]

Other piano works, which Bruckner composed in 1862 during Kitzler's tuition,[13] are found in the Kitzler-Studienbuch:[14][15] A not exhaustive list:

  • Walzer in E-flat major (p. 25)
  • Walzer in C major (p. 26)
  • Four Polka in C major (pp. 27-28)
  • Galopp in C major (p. 29)
  • Mazurca in A minor (p. 29)
  • Menuett in C major (p. 30)
  • Menuett and Trio in G major (p. 35)
  • Marsch in C major (p. 36)
  • Marsch in D minor (p. 37)
  • Duo in A minor (p. 39)
  • Marsch in F major (p. 41)
  • Andante für Klavier in E-flat major (p. 49)
  • Andante für Klavier D minor (pp. 50-51)
  • Etüde in G major (pp. 77–78)
  • Chromatische Etüde in F major (pp. 79-80)
  • Variationen über ein Thema in G major (pp. 87-90)
  • Seven rondos:
    • Rondo in G major (pp. 105-108)
    • Rondo in C minor (pp. 109-111)
    • Rondo in D minor (pp. 112-115)
    • Rondo in F major (pp. 116-121)
    • Rondo in G major (pp. 122-125)
    • Rondo in E minor (pp. 126-129)
    • Rondo in E-flat major (pp. 130-134)
  • Four Fantasien in D minor, C minor, E-flat major and F major (pp. 213-218).

Works for piano for four hands[edit]

  • Drei kleine Stücke, WAB 124, three easy pieces (G major, G major and F major), composed in 1853, 1854 and 1855 for the children of Josef Marböck, to be played on their father's birthday: Gesamtausgabe, Band XII/3, No. 1[9]
  • Quadrille, WAB 121, six pieces (Pantalon, Été, Poule, Trénis, Pastourelle and Finale) in D major composed in c. 1854 for Marie Ruckensteiner: Gesamtausgabe, Band XII/3, No. 2[16]

Selected discography[edit]

There are about 10 recordings of Erinnerung, WAB 117. The other piano compositions are much less recorded.

Three recordings are dedicated to Bruckner's works:

  • Wolfgang Brunner and Michael Schopper, Anton Bruckner – Piano works – CD: CPO 999 256–2, 1996 (all of the piano works issued in Band XII/1 and Band XII/2)
  • Fumiko Shiraga, Anton Bruckner – Piano works – CD: Bis-CD-1297, 2001 (the works for two hands issued in Band XII/2)
  • Ana-Marija Markovina, Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896), Piano Works – Hänssler Classic, HC17054, 2018 (all of the piano works issued in Band XII/1 and Band XII/2, as well as 13 piano works from the Kitzler Study Book)


  1. ^ Frühe Orchesterwerke und Instrumentalstücke
  2. ^ C. van Zwol, pp. 676–678
  3. ^ U. Harten, p. 246
  4. ^ a b The 16-year old Aloisia Bogner, alias Louise or Luise Bogner, was the older daughter of Michaël Bogner, by whom Bruckner had his living accommodation. Bruckner composed for her also the lieder Der Mondabend and Frühlingslied.
  5. ^ a b c C. van Zwol, p. 676
  6. ^ a b C. Howie, Chapter II, p. 30
  7. ^ a b c C. Howie, Chapter III, p. 118
  8. ^ U. Harten, p. 234
  9. ^ a b c d C. van Zwol, p. 677
  10. ^ C. Howie, Chapter III, p. 119
  11. ^ C. Van Zwol, pp. 676–677
  12. ^ C. Howie, Chapter III: p. 120
  13. ^ C. van Zwol, p. 678
  14. ^ U. Harten, p. 150
  15. ^ Kitzler Study Book – Facsimile ISBN 978-3-900270-99-5
  16. ^ C. Van Zwol, pp. 677–678


  • 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 XII/2: Works for solo piano (1850–1869), Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag der Internationalen Bruckner-Gesellschaft, Walburga Litschauer (Editor), Vienna, 1989
  • Anton Bruckner – Sämtliche Werke, Band XII/3: Piano works for four hands (1853–1855), Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag der Internationalen Bruckner-Gesellschaft, Walburga Litschauer (Editor), Vienna, 1989
  • Anton Bruckner – Sämtliche Werke, Band XXV: Das Kitzler Studienbuch (1861–1863), facsimile, Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag der Internationalen Bruckner-Gesellschaft, Paul Hawkshaw and Erich Wolfgang Partsch (Editors), Vienna, 2015
  • Uwe Harten, Anton Bruckner. Ein Handbuch. Residenz Verlag, Salzburg, 1996. ISBN 3-7017-1030-9.
  • Cornelis van Zwol, Anton Bruckner 1824–1896 – Leven en werken, uitg. Thoth, Bussum, Netherlands, 2012. ISBN 978-90-6868-590-9
  • Crawford Howie, Anton Bruckner – A documentary biography, online revised edition

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