Max Bruch [1838-1920]

On this day,

January 6, 1838

German Romantic composer, teacher, and conductor

Max Bruch

was born

in Cologne, Prussia

Bruch wrote more than 200 works, including three violin concertos. His first Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 26 (one of my favorite of his – click on the link to listen) is one of the most popular Romantic violin concertos.

His conservatively structured works, in the German romantic musical tradition, placed him in the camp of Romantic classicism exemplified by Johannes Brahms, rather than the opposing “New Music” of Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner. In his time, he was known primarily as a choral composer.

The violin can sing a melody better than the piano can, and melody is the soul of music”. More from Tchaikovsky…………on Mozart: “Mozart is the highest, the culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music.” “Mozart is the musical Christ.

We listen to

Romanze, Op.42

conducted by
Kurt Masur

Salvatore Accardo, violin

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Parnitha clouds, one December

Enjoy!

Stay Safe!

16 replies »

  1. As a teenager I discovered Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” and “Violin Concerto,” both of which I still love. I think of Bruch more in the tradition of Mendelssohn than Brahms, though both make sense to me.

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