A monumental work
Hans Rott's Symphony in E -
with PATRIC STANDFORD
'... outstanding recording.'
The life of Hans Rott was cruelly short and yet among his few compositions
there was one, a great symphony, that made a powerful impression on his
organ teacher, Anton Bruckner, and had a significant influence on the work
of his contemporaries, notably Gustav Mahler, two years his junior.
The story, briefly, is this: Rott was born in Vienna on 1 August 1858,
the son of an actor and his mistress who eventually married in 1862 after
the death of the actor's wife. In the meantime, young Rott had acquired
a half brother fathered by Archduke Wilhelm. Family finances were healthy,
and he was allowed to pursue his musical talents. At the age of fourteen
his mother died, and two years later Rott entered the Vienna Conservatoire,
but family circumstances deteriorated; his father died and he was forced
to leave studies for an office job, but in due course found an organist
post with free lodging.
Composing continued; songs, a string quartet, the beginning of an oratorio,
and a symphony for string orchestra, completed in 1875 when he was seventeen.
Two years later he began the Symphony in E major and submitted the first
movement for his diploma prize at the conservatory, and was the only student
to fail -- though he was highly commended. The Symphony was completed in
Copyright © 20 October 2002
Patric Standford, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK