This week on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin delves into the life and music of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner. A towering figure of late 19th-century Romanticism, Bruckner wrote nine symphonies. He influenced Gustav Mahler greatly and was a direct musical descendant of a fellow Austrian composer, Franz Schubert.
Born about 100 miles north of Vienna in a small village near Linz, Bruckner received his first musical education from his father, a school teacher and organist. However, he never achieved the renown that he has today during his lifetime. McGlaughlin considers his output and his place in the classical canon.
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