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Bruckner's Seventh Symphony in the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra’s Digital Concert Hall

Stay at home! We are all activated by health due to COVID_19. The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra consistent with the world situation continues with the desire to share its concerts in its Digital Room. The third installment will take place this Friday, March 27 at 8 PM through your YouTube channel and on the Facebook platform https://www.facebook.com/sinfonicacuenca/ through the following LINK https: // bit. ly / 2y6nQoq

Notes to the program

Seventh Symphony in E major WAB 107. Anton Bruckner. Written between 1881 and 1883. The work was dedicated to King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The premiere took place in Leipzig, on December 30, 1884, with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the young Arthur Nikisch on the podium.
With the VII Symphony, Bruckner conquered his first great success, being already 60-years old. The luminosity of his extensive themes, his deep feeling and the moving tribute to Wagner's death in the middle of the second movement, gave him the preference of the public, from its premiere to date. Bruckner does not renounce the classic form, but his movements acquire enormous dimensions, the first and the second lasting 20 minutes each. Only the first song of the initial Allegro consists of 20 bars and covers 3 octaves.

The density of its formal architecture contrasts overwhelming climax moments with others of great lyricism, mainly associated with the beauty of the melodies. Its orchestration is characterized by the alternation of the different instrumental families, many times almost in blocks, reaching a majestic sound in their latest works. His compositional technique often includes the simultaneous juxtaposition of his themes in their original and inverse appearance, in addition to a complex handling of dynamics and modulations. The second movement formally takes up the Adagio from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, twice alternating binary episodes with ternaries. The Scherzo is of an immediate and monumental impact, almost military, the tender Trio contrasts with a tender melody full of feeling. Naturally, the Coda del Finale concludes with the main theme of the first movement, thus closing a gigantic cycle of ideas and emotions, unique in the symphonic world.

For the first time in Bruckner's catalog, the VII Symphony carries 4 Wagner tubas, instruments between the horn and the tuba, which Richard Wagner invented for the special sound of his tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelungs. Bruckner probably included Wagner's tubas in this work upon learning of the death of the beloved master, as movements 1 and 3, concluded earlier, still do without them.
The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra deeply appreciates the tireless effort of the German cornista Bernd Sensenschmidt, who obtained Wagner's 4 tubas and brought them as an absolute novelty to Ecuador, as well as reinforcing the OSC for free at these concerts, along with six more German colleagues . We also express our gratitude to the German Kulturverband Foundation in Quito, which financed these beautiful instruments, as well as to the KLM airline that brought them free to Quito. We hope that we are delighted in Cuenca and the other venues of symphony orchestras in the country on many more occasions with their noble and mysterious sound.

The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra deeply appreciates the tireless effort of the German cornista Bernd Sensenschmidt, who obtained Wagner's 4 tubas and brought them as an absolute novelty to Ecuador, as well as reinforcing the OSC for free at these concerts, along with six more German colleagues . We also express our gratitude to the German Kulturverband Foundation in Quito, which financed these beautiful instruments, as well as to the KLM airline that brought them free to Quito. We hope that we are delighted in Cuenca and the other venues of symphony orchestras in the country on many more occasions with their noble and mysterious sound.

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