On this day,
January 6, 1838
German Romantic composer, teacher, and conductor
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.❞