Aequale, WAB 149 (Bruckner, Anton)



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Rob Peters (2017/5/9)

Editor Rob Peters (b. 1969)
Publisher. Info. Rob Peters
Misc. Notes This score adds a new composed bass trombone part to the two existing parts. Of course this is only one of the many possible "reconstructions", since the two existing voices allow a lot of different harmonic and contrapuntal solutions.

One wonders what bass part Bruckner himself had added to that strange progression in bar 3-4, where one expects the tenor d-flat to resolve into c, not g. My completion gives the bass an equally peculiar upwards diminished octave jump, which somehow sounds "right" and Brucknerian.
I have not consulted the Hans Bauernfeind completion, so any possible similarities between my version and his are purely coincidental. - R.P.

EDIT 2-3-2019: I finally had a look at the Bauernfeind version, and I was surprised to see how much it differs from mine. Bauernfeind chose to make the piece playable with the absolute minimum of editorial interference, keeping the bass voice very simple and providing just a basic harmonic fundament. Which is of course a perfectly legit choice. My completion has a more melodic and free-flowing bass voice, which adds more color to the bare harmonies. So while I'm aware that my additions are more speculative and intrusive, I'm convinced they will make the piece more interesting for the players and listeners. (I'm particularly unimpressed with Bauernfiend's solution for the enigmatic progression in bar 3-4 - see above - where he chooses rather ugly-sounding parallel 7th's between tenor and bass...) - R.P.

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Sallen112 (2016/6/15)

PDF scanned by Bruckner Online
Sallen112 (2016/6/15)

Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, n.d.[1847].
(Composer's manuscript with autograph and additional markings)
Misc. Notes ca.300dpi color images. Source: Stift St. Florian (CRSA), Bruckner-Archiv, A-SF20-26. See here: Bruckner-online. The Bass trombone part manuscript has been originally missing forever.
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General Information

Work Title Aequale
Alternative. Title Aequale (II)
Composer Bruckner, Anton
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. WAB 149
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAB 6
Key C minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 movement
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1847-01 at St. Florian Abbey
First Performance. 1847-01-28 at St. Florian Abbey
First Publication. 1984 (NGA)
Copyright Information The Bass Trombone reconstruction by Hans Bauernfeind (1908-1985) cannot be uploaded here until
January 1st, 2036 because its considered a significant contribution
for copyright purposes (since the original manuscript with the bass trombone is lost currently)
by the editor and it meets the Threshold of Originality rule under Canadian law.
Dedication Funeral of Rosalia Mayrhofer
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation 3 trombones (alto, tenor, bass)
Related Works Aequale, WAB 114
External Links Wikipedia article (WAB 149)

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