The idea came to Alfred Schnittke to write Symphony No.
2 in 1977 while he was in Austria. "We came to the monastery near Linz where Anton Bruckner lived and
worked. It was twilight time. A cold, gloomy baroque church was
filled with mystery. Somewhere behind the wall a choir sang an evening
mass - 'Missa Invisible'... A year later I was asked by BBC to compose
something for Rozhdestvensky's orchestra. The conductor suggested a work
dedicated to A. Bruckner... probably something related to the monastery at Linz.
So I realized that it will be 'Missa Invisible' - a symphony with a choral
background. The six parts of the symphony follow the ordinary order of a
mass and the choral part cites the liturgical melodies..."
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