NEW!! - Bruckner and the Third Reich

NEW!!  - Bruckner and the Third Reich
...Bruckner research cannot move forward without confronting its past, especially the dark chapter of Bruckner reception during the Third Reich. Bryan Gillian

The appropriation of Anton Bruckner into the cultural web of the Third Reich has been studied on numerous occasions. Given the horrors of that epoch, the use of Bruckner's music would certainly invite numerous studies, explanations and perhaps even some futile rationalizations.

This section of my website is not to be construed as an exhaustive study of that damaging association but is designed to serve as a place where some of the most tangible essays and images of that association can be seen.

To provide some background into this cultural / political phenomenon, I have added an essay by Professor Benjamin Korstvedt as the first item in this section

My thanks to Gilles Houle for gathering much of this information.


Korstvedt, Benjamin: Anton Bruckner and the Third Reich
Hitler listening to the Bruckner 7th
Hitler listening to the Bruckner 7th
The Regensburg Ceremony - June 6, 1937
The Regensburg Ceremony - June 6, 1937
Hitler's 50th Birthday - The Newsreel
Hitler's 50th Birthday - The Newsreel
Hitler's plan for St. Florian
Hitler's plan for St. Florian
Excerpts of Joseph Goebbels Speech at the Dusseldorf Reich Music Days - 1939
Excerpts of Joseph Goebbels Speech at the Dusseldorf Reich Music Days - 1939
Hermann Goering, an Air Raid and Bruckner
Hermann Goering, an Air Raid and Bruckner
National Socialism in Germany: Ephemera from a Dark Time
National Socialism in Germany: Ephemera from a Dark Time
Reinhard Heydrich and the Rudolfinem Organ
Reinhard Heydrich and the Rudolfinem Organ
The National Socialist Reichs Symphony Orchestra
The National Socialist Reichs Symphony Orchestra
Hitler visits Saint Florian - April 4, 1943
Hitler visits Saint Florian - April 4, 1943
The "Dunkelkonzert" & Hans Weisbach
The "Dunkelkonzert" & Hans Weisbach
Rituals at Saint Florian (1943-1945)
Rituals at Saint Florian (1943-1945)
Albert Speer, the Armaments Ministry and Saint Florian
Albert Speer, the Armaments Ministry and Saint Florian
Bruckner's music at the Nazi Nuremberg rallies
Bruckner's music at the Nazi Nuremberg rallies
The last Bruckner concert in the Third Reich
The last Bruckner concert in the Third Reich
Bruckner recordings in Hitler's headquarters
Bruckner recordings in Hitler's headquarters
The Radio Announcement of Hitler's Death
The Radio Announcement of Hitler's Death


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