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86 Anton Bruckner 1824-1896
Symphonie IV, Es-dur
Manuscript, 121 leaves, ca. 1878
Bruckner's Romantic Symphony as it is performed today is the result of a lengthy process of composition: the earliest version of the score has been dated 1874, but it was not until 1880 that the text was ready for performance. This fair copy, once in the collection of Anton Seidl, has been identified as the second version of 1878, and is extensively revised in Bruckner's hand. Even after the symphony's debut in 1881, well-meaning editors advocated changes, and major emendations were subsequently incorporated into the first printed edition of 1889. It was not until 1931 when Robert Haas re-edited the work for inclusion in the Bruckner Gesellschaft's Sämtliche Werke that Bruckner's intended text appeared in print. This manuscript, unknown to Haas, was consulted in 1953 by Leopold Nowak during the preparation of a new edition, and some of its variant readings were incorporated in the new definitive text.
Gift of various donors

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