Symphony No. 9 (Bruckner)

Symphony No. 9
by Anton Bruckner
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KeyD minor
CatalogueWAB 109
Composed1887 (1887) – 1896 (1896): (unfinished)
DedicationTo the beloved God
Movements4 started, 3 completed

Symphony No. 9 in D minor is the last symphony upon which Anton Bruckner worked, leaving the last movement incomplete at the time of his death in 1896; the symphony was premiered under Ferdinand Löwe in Vienna in 1903. Bruckner dedicated it "to the beloved God" (in German, dem lieben Gott).

(While it may seem logical to call this work "Symphony in D minor, opus posthumous", that usually refers to the "nullified" Symphony in D minor.)


Bruckner is said to have dedicated his Ninth Symphony to "the beloved God". Although this is not documented directly in writing, Bruckner should after oral communication from his doctor, Dr. med. Richard Heller, and the tradition by August Göllerich and Max Auer before his death have expressed as follows:

"You see, I have already dedicated two earthly majesty symphonies to poor King Ludwig as the royal patron of the arts [VII. Symphony, note d. Ed.] To our illustrious, dear Emperor as the highest earthly majesty, whom I acknowledge [VIII. Symphony, note d. Ed.] And now I dedicate my last work to the majesty of all the majesties, the beloved God, and hope that he will give me so much time to complete the same."[1]