Vox Humana Posted September 18, 2007 Share Posted September 18, 2007 I have an old print of two organ pieces by Bruckner, described as a first edition from the manuscripts, published by Böhm and distributed by Hinrichsen. They are entitled Vorspiel and Nachspiel (i.e. Prelude and Postlude); both are in D minor. The Nachspiel consists of an introduction of a handful of grinding semibreve chords followed by a short and thoroughly unremarkable fugue. Light in texture it contains nothing that would disgrace a Baroque composer; it hardly seems worth the bother. The Vorspiel is even less interesting. Someone once remarked to me that it looks less like a composition and more like a continuo accompaniment. I have to agree; it does. In fact, I wonder whether both pieces could be accompaniments. There is a copy of the Vorspiel online here (the version I have is on two staves and only the opening dynamic "f" without any subsequent variations or manual changes). Do we have any Bruckner experts here? Are the titles Bruckner's own or merely a publisher's convenience? Could my friend have been right? Anyone recognise it from elsewhere? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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