Our Announcement of the Society's Revival

Our Announcement of the Society's Revival
The Kilenyi Bruckner Medal of the Bruckner Society of America (Bruckner Archive)
I am very happy to report that the Iowa Secretary of State's office has approved my application to reinstate the Bruckner Society of America, Inc. as a private tax-exempt organization. The application was filed a few months after the death of Charles L. Eble who had served as President of the Society for over 48 years. There are a few more steps to be taken before the Society can become fully functioning again, but those actions are being done now.

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For those of you who are not familiar with the Society, here is a brief history:

The Society was formed on January 4th of 1931. It was an interesting time. Later that year, Arturo Toscanini presented the Bruckner Seventh Symphony with the New York Philharmonic, the first time the orchestra had presented the work in 45 years. That year also saw Frederick Stock conduct the Chicago Symphony in the Bruckner Ninth. The first honorary chairman was Harriet Bishop Lanier who used her influence to stage the New York premiere of Bruckner's F Minor Mass under the direction of Artur Bodanzky.

The following year, the Society elected Martin G. Dumler of Cincinnati, Ohio to succeed Mrs. Lanier who had passed away. During his tenure, the Society initiated publication of the music journal, "Chord and Discord" which offered news and scholarly essays on the music of Bruckner and Gustav Mahler. The Society also commissioned the artist Julio Kilenyi (1885 - 1959) to produce both a Bruckner and Mahler medal of honor to be given to individuals who helped promote the music of these two composers.

Recipients of the Bruckner Medal included Fritz Busch, Otto Klemperer, Serge Koussevitsky, Erich Leinsdorf, Eugene Ormandy, Frederick Stock, Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, George Szell, William Steinberg, John Barbirolli and Paul Hindemith.

Society member, Gabriel Engel wrote essays on the life and an analysis of the symphonies of Bruckner for publication by the Society. See The Life of Anton Bruckner .

With Mr. Dumler's death in 1960, Charles Eble (1915 - 2009), founder and owner of Eble Music in Iowa City took over as the President and Editor. Publications of "Chord and Discord" continued into the 1990's. With Mr. Eble's declining health, the Society became inactive. (see: www.abruckner.com/news/newsarchive/charleslebleeditor/)

Thanks must be given to Charles Eble's friend, David Hempel, the present owner of Eble Music without whose help none of this could have been possible. David showed patience, enthusiasm and concern at a time when his own life was filled with serious distractions. He has assumed the role of President and Treasurer of the Society as I step into the position of Secretary. We will be building a board of directors over the next few months as our final legal filings are completed.

More to follow...