The Bruckner Society of America was founded in 1931 with the primary mission to promote appreciation of the life and music of Anton Bruckner in the United States., to be done through the publication of articles and essays and concert reviews, the promotion and production of concerts including Bruckner’s music, and the recognition of advocates by the presentation of an honorary medal. Publication of the Society’s journal Chord and Discord began in 1932, specializing in popular articles on the music of Bruckner and Mahler and its reception. Twenty-two issues of the journal were released through 1998. In 1932, the noted sculptor Julio Kilenyi produced the Bruckner Medal of Honor, and over the years the Society has awarded the Kilenyi Medal to over seventy internationally renowned conductors, musicologists, and performing organizations.
Since the re-establishment of the Society in 2009, the Society’s board of directors has met annually, and the awarding of the Kilenyi Medal of Honor has resumed. Other projects have included the digitizing of all past publications of the Society, translation of several important German essays from the 1930s, and the funding of several recording projects. Our latest initiative is the publication of this book, which addresses in detail the differing editions and versions of Bruckner’s eleven symphonies, the early overture, and the chamber music.