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IN the early eighteenth century Vivaldi was a leading figure in the Italian world of music, and both as violinist and as composer for the Church he left his mark on the music of a good many generations to come. For many years he was in charge of the music at one of the four great schools which gave Venice of that day a pre-eminent place in Europe. The pupils were all religious novices and the choir and orchestra in each was composed entirely of girls. Dr. Burney, in one of his letters from Venice, writes of such a school as ' nightingales who poured balm into my wounded ears '
Vivaldi's music was counted as ot such importance that the groat Bach himself studied it thoroughly and transcribed no fewer than sixteen of his concertos for pianoforte and four for organ, besides the one which he rearranged as a great piece for four pianofortes and strings.
THOUGH Bruckner's name has, as yet, appeared but seldom in B.B.C. programmes, they regard him in Germany as having a very important place of his own among the composers of the ago which succeeded Beethoven, and whenever opportunities of hearing his work are given, its bigness and dignity can immediately be recognized. Born in 1824, dying in 1896, he spent most of his life in Vienna, teaching, playing the organ, and composing. He was a distinguished organist, and in 1871, when ho gave a series of recitals here, at the Exhibition and at the Crystal Palace, his playing excited unusual interest. He was a devout Roman Catholic, and composed much church music, some of it in the largest forms ; even his symphonic music is to some extent influenced by his religion and by his organ playing.
In almost all the symphonies an important part is taken by chorale-like themes. His orchestration has always been regarded as masterly, although his use of the wind instruments often recalls the organ. The way in which his movements nre built up is a logical development of Beethoven's style, and there is this coincidence between his work and Beethoven's, that Bruckner also left nine symphonies.

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