Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in d
Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony was left unfinished at the time of his death in 1896, but the work is hardly unfinished sounding. In fact, the three completed movements work just fine as a work on its own, and in terms of length, those three movements make up over an hour of music. There’s also a finality to how the third (and in this case, final) movement ends: in it, Bruckner reprises themes from his earlier works, like the Miserere from his Mass, the Adagio from his Eighth Symphony, and a brief moment from the opening of his Seventh Symphony. Another thread binds the work to Bruckner’s overall output: the dedication affixed to the score reads “Te Deum,” an expression of thanks to God, the great motivator in Bruckner’s life’s work.