"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
one of the most lovely symphonies ever written-- the Simphonie no 7 in E-Dur by anton bruckner. I just completed a quick study of the score while listening to it at the same time... and gosh.. i just have to WRITE something about it. probably the most amazing thing about the symphony is the unity of the movements which were in some way or another linked whether by melodic motifs of rhythmic similarities.. and his understanding and grasp of music as an emotional force is probably second only to that of beethoven himself. In fact, anton bruckner's symphonies are widely recognised to be the epitome of the romantic tradition of symphonic writing.. building on the edifice constructed by beethoven during his time. so immense is the scale and magnitude of this work that i had to restart the first movement alone about 3 times after entering the first few bars because it was so difficult to understand the harmonic movement of the first few bars.. a stunning display of the power of a simple but well crafted melodic line (bruckner as known to.. very much like the legendary beethoven, tirelessly reshape and revise his symphonies till they resumed the shape that he liked).
and for those who might even bother trying to listen to it.. here's a video of the first part of the first movement conducted by Jochum with the netherlands philharmonic.. i think. seriously, even you rockers reading this (which i highly doubt.. just watch a minute or two of it you'll understand.) please just click on it..