Max Bruch

Fun Facts

  • Bruch's mother, a voice teacher and soprano, taught him his first music lessons. He later studied piano with Ferdinand Hiller.

  • At the age of nine, Bruch wrote his first composition. When he was fourteen, he wrote a symphony and won a scholarship that enabled him to study at Cologne.

  • Bruch always refrained from dark and over-serious compositions.

  • The most popular work by Bruch is undoubtedly his ardently romantic Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.

  • Bruch's wife, Clara, occasionally sang at his concerts.

  • Kol Nidre, Bruch's famous cello work, was based on Hebrew melodies, though the composer was not Jewish.

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