List of psalm settings by Anton Bruckner

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Anton Bruckner composed five psalms settings during his life, the earliest Psalm 114 in 1852, the last, Psalm 150 in 1892.

Sankt Florian[edit]

During his stay as organist in Sankt Florian, Bruckner composed the following two psalm settings:

  • Psalm 114, WAB 36, is a setting in G major of verses 1 to 9 of a German version of Psalm 116[1] for five-part mixed choir and three trombones, composed in 1852 for the name day of Ignaz Assmayr.[2][3]
  • Psalm 22, WAB 34, is a setting in E-flat major of a German version of Psalm 23[1] for mixed choir, soloists and piano, composed in c. 1852.[2][4]


During his stay in Linz, Bruckner composed the following two psalm setting:

  • Psalm 146, WAB 37, is a setting in A major of a German version of verses 1 to 11 of Psalm 147[1] for eight-part double mixed choir, four soloists and orchestra. The composition was presumably initiated during the Sankt Florian period (c. 1850) and completed during Sechter's tuition, in c. 1856.[5][6]
  • Psalm 112, WAB 35, is a setting in B-flat major of a German version of Psalm 113[1] for eight-part double mixed choir and full orchestra, composed in 1863 after the end of Kitzler's tuition.[7][8]


About thirty years later, during his stay in Vienna, Bruckner composed a last psalm setting:

  • Psalm 150, WAB 38, is a setting in C major of the German version of Psalm 150[9] for mixed chorus, soprano soloist and orchestra, composed in 1892 to celebrate the opening of the exposition Internationale Ausstellung für Musik und Theatherwesen in Vienna.[10][11]

Bruckner's five psalm settings are put in Band XX of the Gesamtausgabe.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Joseph Franz von Allioli, Die Heilige Schrift des alten und neuen Testamentes, Dritter Band (mit Approbation des apostolischen Stuhles), 4. Auflage, Landshut, 1839
  2. ^ a b C. van Zwol, p. 696
  3. ^ U. Harten, p. 344
  4. ^ U. Harten, p. 343
  5. ^ C. van Zwol, p. 697
  6. ^ U. Harten, pp. 344-345
  7. ^ C. van Zwol, pp. 697-698
  8. ^ U. Harten, pp. 143-144
  9. ^ Die Bibel, oder die ganze Heilige Schrift des alten und neuen Testaments, nach der deutsche Übersetzung D. Martin Luthers, abgedruckt nach der Hallischen Ausgabe, 1839
  10. ^ C. van Zwol, pp. 698-699
  11. ^ U. Harten, p. 345
  12. ^ Gesamtausgabe – Psalmen und Magnificat


  • Anton Bruckner – Sämtliche Werke, Band XX: Psalmen und Magnificat (1852-1892), Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag der Internationalen Bruckner-Gesellschaft, Paul Hawkshaw (Editor), Vienna, 1996
  • 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