Make history with MusicaNova Orchestra

Help us bring you the world premiere of Bruckner's “lost” 1878 Fourth Symphony

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MusicaNova Orchestra has the exciting opportunity to present a historic world premiere of an Anton Bruckner symphony. We need your help to pull it off. 

Yes, Bruckner has been dead 125 years, but not all of his music has been performed. An insatiable tinkerer, Bruckner wrote his Fourth Symphony in 1874, only to have the Vienna Philharmonic reject it as unplayable. He revised it in 1878, then called off the concert one week before the work was to be premiered. More revisions lead to the 1881 version, which is most commonly played today, with more changes in 1886 and ’88.

The 1878 version was lost to the musical trash heap – until renowned Bruckner scholar Dr. Ben Korstvedt dug into the archives to recreate it. This “lost” version includes a gorgeous, lengthy passage that has never been performed live, as well as a mix of ideas from the earlier and later versions. This fascinating edition illustrates the genius of the composer and the evolution of his masterpiece.

Dr. Korstvedt, after hearing MusicaNova’s performance of Bruckner’s Symphony 0 (below) and recognizing the orchestra’s strong musicality, invited us to perform the world premiere of this recovered symphony.

This is exciting – and daunting. We hope to present the symphony this spring at the Musical Instrument Museum. But a Bruckner symphony calls for a large orchestra. To bring this never-before-heard music to the world, we need your help.

Your generous donation will support this historic undertaking, and you will join a special group of music lovers dedicated to expanding the knowledge of Bruckner’s creativity. We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution for this world premiere.

Giving levels and premiums

As an additional gesture of gratitude, we are offering Bruckner premiere donors these benefits:

  • A DVD of the concert for a $100 donation.
  • The DVD plus an invitation to an exclusive Zoom chat with MusicNova music director Warren Cohen and Dr. Korstvedt, for a $250 donation.
  • The DVD, the Zoom chat and a signed commemorative T shirt, for a $500 donation.
  • The DVD, Zoom chat, T-shirt, and an invitation to watch a rehearsal, followed by lunch with Maestro Cohen and Dr. Korstvedt (invited), for a $1,000 donation.

Any amount helps. Donations may be made here or mailed to 610 E. Bell Road, Suite 2-552, Phoenix, AZ 85022. Be sure to include “for Bruckner premiere” as a dedication. MusicaNova is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you at the premiere this spring. 

In this video, hear Music Director Warren Cohen and Dr. Ben Korstvedt discuss the version of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 that MusicaNova hopes to premiere in spring 2022.