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Sechste Symphonie A Dur für Grosses Orchester. Partitur Fl. 18._ / Mk. 30._ netto.[Full score]
Ludwig Doblinger (Bernhard Herzmansky) [PN D. 2300.] [1899], Wien - First Edition. Grasberger 106. The present edition was prepared anonymously by Bruckner's former student Cyril Hynais (1862-1913). As is the case with other early editions of Bruckner's symphonies, it introduces a number of changes not originating with Bruckner; their extent, however, is not as considerable as in other Bruckner symphonies. Heger (1886- 1977) studied in Strasbourg with Franz Stockhausen (1900–02) and in Munich with Schillings (1907–08). His career included posts at the Staatsoper in Munich, Vienna and Berlin. "[His] reputation as a conductor, enhanced by his numerous appearances at Covent Garden (between 1925 and 1935, and in 1953 for the Bavarian première of Strauss’s Capriccio with the Staatsoper) and by his famous abridged commercial recording of Der Rosenkavalier with Lotte Lehmann and Elisabeth Schumann, has tended to overshadow his achievements as a composer. In general he followed the late Romantic traditions of Strauss, Reger and Pfitzner without achieving any distinctive originality. Nonetheless, he wrote extremely effectively for orchestra, and such works as the Verdi-Variationen (1933) featured in concert programmes during the 1930s." Erik Levi in Grove onlineHeger's markup to the present score reflects his study of the first scholarly edition of the symphony, prepared by Robert Haas and published in 1935. The handstamps "Musikalische Akademie München," however, strongly suggest that the markup of the present copy dates from a later time: Heger, previously a resident of Berlin, moved to Munich only in 1950, where he served as president of the Musikhochschule from 1950 to 1954. "Musikalische Akademie München" is the name of the part of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester that appears on the concert stage. The markup seems to be specific to an unidentified performance.The assumption that the markup is from Heger's later years is further corroborated by the credited manuscript quotation from Ernst Décsey's book Bruckner: Versuch eines Lebens (Berlin: Schuster & Löffler, [1920]). Décsey (1870-1941), a music critic in Vienna, was Jewish. It is unlikely that Heger, an outspoken supporter of the Nazi regime through 1945, would have entered it prior to the end of World War II.Apart from the unfinished Ninth, the Sixth was the only one of Bruckner's numbered symphonies that did not receive a complete performance in the composer's lifetime. Only the two middle movements were heard in a concert of the Vienna Philharmonic under Wilhelm Jahn on February 11, 1883. The first performance of all four movements, albeit with cuts, took place with the same orchestra under Gustav Mahler on February 26, 1899. Wilhelm Pohlig's Stuttgart performance on March 14, 1901, was the first complete one. Folio. Full black cloth with titling gilt to upper and spine. [i] (title printed in dark green), 2-135, [i] (blank) pp. Printer's note "Stich der Musikaliendruckerei v. Jos. Eberle & Co. Wien, VII." to lower left corner of p. 2.Title also advertises orchestral parts and a reduction for piano four-hands by Josef Schalk. Handstamp "Musikalische Akademie München" to upper right corner and above imprint to title and to upper left corner of p. 2.With extensive markings in the hand of the noted conductor and composer Robert Heger (1886-1977) in pencil, blue pencil, and red crayon throughout and with annotations in pencil, in German, in his hand to verso of front endpaper: "Orchesterstimmen der Musikalischen Akademie München benützen eingerichtet sind 6 Viol. I 5 [Viol.] II 4 Br 4 Vc 4 Kb Die übrigen Streicherstimmen müßten eingerichtet werden;" "Dauer I. Satz Maestoso 13' II. [Satz] Adagio 14' III. [Satz] Scherzo 6' IV. [Satz] Finale 12' [Total] 45';" and an extended quotation from Ernst Décsey on the symphony.Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped. Tears to lower margin of pp. 29-30, 131-32. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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