Bruckner's Choral Music

Classical Academy | Choral Music


Beyond his great Romantic symphonies, Anton Bruckner wrote a great number of choral works, from masses and motets to other sacred music for the voice. He wrote these in a style often more conservative and contrapuntal than his symphonic compositions, although at times he would also innovate with radical use of chromatic notes.


When he wrote his Requiem in D Minor, he considered it his first piece worthy of preservation. It draws extensively on the influence of Mozart's Requiem in the same key, but also reflects an interest in Michael Haydn. Today, however, his motets remain extremely popular for their simple harmonies and luxurious tonality that lend them an exquisite beauty. These include the much loved Locus Iste and Christus Factus Est Pro Nobis.


Click here to listen to our playlist of recommended Bruckner motets. Alternatively, to learn more about the younger Haydn brother, Michael, read our special article about his works.