Music: Peasant Symphonist

There is a legend that the greatest geniuses are acclaimed only long after they are dead. Once in a while it comes true. Last week in Manhattan's Carnegie Hall an audience acclaimed a composer who died in 1896, is still virtually unknown to the musical public, and is regarded by many sincere partisans as Beethoven's symphonic equal. His name: Joseph Anton Bruckner.

The composition that brought cheers from Carnegie Hall's audience was Bruckner's Te Deum. Like all of his major works it is large, vigorous, austerely religious—a vast tonal shrine. Its melodies are...

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