"His name will endure, if only thanks to one superb violin concerto." Thus read the entry in “The New Grove” on Max Bruch (1838 - 1920), a prolific composer who was much admired in his lifetime. The First Violin Concerto, however, was only the first of a string of works for the instrument. He also composed three symphonies, a wonderful work for cello and orchestra, a number of (mostly unsuccessful) operas and other choral works. Conservative musically , much in the mould of Brahms, he reacted against the innovations of Liszt and Wagner, and found himself isolated from contemporary opinion later in life. He was, nevertheless, a respected teacher, and numbered Respighi and Vaughan Williams among his students.
These were the composers our group celebrated this month. You can read more and sample their music on the Music Appreciation page of our website.