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Max Bruch

Nowadays, Max Bruch is known almost exclusively for his often performed First Violin Concerto, when in fact Max Bruch has left behind an extremely comprehensive œuvre, including three symphonies, three violin concerti, large-scale oratorios, operas, numerous choral works based on Biblical, classical and historical sources as well as chamber music. The fact that most of Max Bruch´s works have gone into obscurity has very little to do with their quality, but rather in the fact that Bruch was still far behind his times, continuing to compose in a style oriented toward Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy starting as late as 1890 and continuing this for the remaining 30 years of his life – his style had already become history during his own lifetime, and Bruch´s final compositions were written concurrently with the first atonal works by Arnold Schönberg.

Born on January 6, 1838 in Cologne

Died on October 10, 1920 in Bad-Friedenau