Collection Herman Jeurissen
Anton Bruckner composed the Festkantate Preiset den Herrn, lobsingt seinem heiligen Namen in 1862. The choral part from this work was arranged at the beginning of the 20th century by the Viennese horn player Karl Stiegler under the name Angelusläuten. The preceding song for a quartet of male voices and its introduction also lend themselves perfectly to an arrangement for horn ensemble. The introduction in particular foreshadows the long melodic lines in his symphonies. The arrangement also offers a fairly simple but well-sounding first introduction to Bruckner's oeuvre.
In 2024, we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Anton Bruckner's birth. A great opportunity to pay extra attention to this composer, widely known for the magnificent horn parts in his symphonies.
In the world of horn and brass ensemble music from the 18th and 19th centuries, original high-quality ensemble repertoire appears to be scarce. Additionally, students and advanced amateurs are rarely given the opportunity to perform important Romantic symphonic works by Bruckner, Mahler etc. and Wagner's great operas in their original versions. Orchestral part studies with only the original parts, and above all, a lot of rest are not always inspiring. For this reason, throughout his extensive career as a horn pedagogue, Herman Jeurissen wrote a considerable number of arrangements. These include shorter compositions by the great masters, allowing for an accessible introduction to their style and writing.