They want me to write differently. Certainly I could, but I must not. God has chosen me from thousands and given me, of all people, this talent. It is to Him that I must give account. How then would I stand there before Almighty God, if I followed the others and not Him?
It is no common mortal who speaks to us in this music.
Anton Bruckner was born near Linz on 4 September 1824, and died on 11 October 1896. He was an Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. The symphonies are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, strongly polyphonic character, and considerable length. Bruckner's compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies
Bruckner showed extreme humility before other musicians, and he revised his works constantly and was apparently very indecisive about which versions he preferred. There was a huge discrepancy between his “provincial simplicity” and the grandeur and sophistication of his works.
He liked beer and was a hopeless romantic. He proposed marriage to many young ladies only to be always turned down. He never managed to get married.
For a period he suffered from numeromania, more commonly known now as obsessive compulsive disorder, during which he was obsessed by numbers. Ken Russell made a 50 minute film about it for ITV's South Bank Show.- 'The Strange Affliction of Anton Bruckner'.
He was famous in his lifetime as an organist, and he was devoutly Christian. Bruckner was greatly admired by subsequent composers including his friend Gustav Mahler, who described him as "half simpleton, half God".
- https://www.abruckner.com/brucknerarchive massive archive of his works and earlier recordings
- http://www.onb.ac.at/ev/collections/music/music_history.htm Austrian National Library archive
- http://www.brucknerjournal.co.uk/index.html Bruckner Journal (mostly in German)
- http://www.classicalarchives.com/composer/2258.html track streaming
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeYuPPP1-Qw Bruckner “Te Deum”, Vienna Phil, Karajen
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqrQLRmLmw8 Herreweghe “Kyrie and Agnus Dei” Mass in Eminor
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elVHvTrEM34 Symphony No 8, Celibadache, Munich Phil, 1990
YouTube has lots more …… but these sound great