Dedicated to God

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Tremble, human! © Charles Thibo

Music like a thunderstorm. Violent. Majestic. Music like a prayer. Full of consolation and devotion. Anton Bruckner’s last word. “I don’t want to start writing the 9th [symphony], I don’t have the courage – Beethoven concluded his life with his Ninth”, the composer apparently said with apprehension. While he composed the first three of four planned movements, he realized that recurrent phases of illness proved him right. This symphony in D minor would be his legacy as a composer. And what a legacy it is!

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