Pfarrplatz 10, 4020 Linz, Austria
Anton Bruckner, in 1855, at the age of 31, exchanged the post of abbey organist from St. Florian with that of the cathedral organist from Linz, moved to a small apartment in the so-called Mesnerhaus, Pfarrplatz 2, and worked from 1856 to 1868 in various functions in the “cheerfulness”.
He joined the club in 1856 as a full member and was assigned to the second tenor. In the same year, the general assembly elected him to be the second archivist, so that he could take a look at the diverse sheet music available. In 1868 he was forced to request the board to include him among the supporting members due to chronic hoarseness and increasing cough. On November 7th, 1860 he was elected the first choir master by the general assembly. In the early autumn of 1861, he gave up his office “because of insult too bad” – unknown from which side. On January 15, 1868, Bruckner was again elected choir master, unanimously in a general assembly, which Richard Wagner also appointed as an honorary member. Thanks to and in recognition of Bruckner’s artistic work, Wagner left the “Frohsinn” the final choir from the “Meistersinger von Nürnberg” for the premiere, which led to the most brilliant concert under Bruckner’s direction on April 4th, 1868 in the Linz Redoutensaal, 11 weeks before the premiere of the whole musical drama in Munich. In the autumn of 1868, the master had to finally separate from the club in order to take up his new positions in Vienna as a professor at the conservatory and organist of the k.k. Court chapel to be able to. The “cheerfulness” made him an honorary member. For the last time, Bruckner conducted the male choirs of the “Frohsinns” and the “Sängerbund” at a memorial concert on October 28, 1877 in St. Florian. At Bruckner’s funeral in St. Florian, on October 15th, 1896, all “Frohsinn” members sang the choir “How blessed are the dead” by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
During his time as choir master of the association, Bruckner very successfully conducted several large concerts in Linz, but also outside in Krems and Nuremberg, the ck association. Dedicated to 12 choir compositions and actively involved in trips and socializing, which at that time went far beyond what is common today. In summary, we can proudly look back on the intimate connection of the great composer, sociable conductor and singer Anton Bruckner with the “cheerfulness”, which represents a very important section of our club’s history.