PSYCHIC FORCES BACK OF BRUCKNER'S CREATIVE IMAGINATION
THE true genius has no earthly ancestry. The genealogist may be interested in tracing the ancestry of a great musician, but what does it profit us to read long arguments about whether Bruckner's ancestors originally came from Upper or Lower Austria, whether they had been peasants a longer or a shorter time? The only important fact for us in studying his character is that his grandfather had risen from the peasantry to the position of school teacher. This fact helps us in determining that some of Bruckner's characteristics were family traits. Since we have heard of no musicians in the Bruckner clan, we may say the composer was not directly indebted to his forefathers for his genius.
The Bruckner family can be traced back to the year 1400. The family lineage has been considered estimable enough by a man of Robert Haas's prominence for him to argue as follows: "It is important that Bruckner's pedigree was rooted in one of the most hidden regions of Austria, where the population, German to the backbone, kept itself free from any infusion of foreign blood." Whether any section of the former Austrian Empire, with its common mingling of races and creeds, was kept free from "foreign blood," especially the Slavic, is, of course, open to question. If it was, it is of no moment. Bruckner was certainly a genuine Austrian. He never left his homeland during the first forty years of his life and later only occasionally for short times. He did not go abroad because he did not feel the spell of foreign countries and because even Vienna seemed too large for him, who had spent