Bruckner – Symphony n.8, Mov. 4

Last updated Apr 15, 2022 | Published on Apr 28, 2022

Winner of a fellowship at the Bayreuther Festspiele, Mr. Griglio’s conducting has been praised for his “energy” and “fine details”. Mr. Griglio took part in the first world recording of music by composer Irwin Bazelon and conducted several world premieres like "The song of Eddie", by Harold Farberman, a candidate for the Pulitzer Prize. Principal Conductor of International Opera Theater Philadelphia for four years, Mr.Griglio is also active as a composer. His first opera, Camille Claudel, debuted in 2013 to a great success of audience and critics. Mr. Griglio is presently working on an opera on Caravaggio and Music Director of Opera Odyssey.

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The triumphant Finale of Bruckner 8th – the last symphony that the composer completed – is a marvel of compositional structure and clarity of process. 

It technically sits on the sonata form but, first of all, it has three subjects, and second, the form is stretched in all its parts via a very individual interpretation of it.

Bruckner had already gone through this approach in the first movement of his seventh symphony but in this one, being the last movement, he adds the summa of the entire symphony, retrieving themes from all previous movements in various ways.

Anton Bruckner

Bruckner’s Symphony n.8 Movement 4 – Analysis

Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell

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The opening is very energic. The strings establish an incessant rhythmic pattern that moves with sweeping tension from piano to fortissimo within the first two bars.

Bruckner - Symphony 8 Movement 4 [Analysis] ex1

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