Max Bruch: His Life and Works

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Boydell Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 399 pages
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Max Bruch (1838-1920), the German composer best known for his Violin Concerto in G minor, was in his day, a famous conductor and teacher as well as a prolific composer; yet he has been sadly neglected, perhaps in comparison to his contemporary Brahms. In this book - the only full-length study of Bruch - the author provides a richly documented account of Bruch's career as music director and composer, including a spell with the Liverpool Philharmonic Society from 1880-1883, and as a teacher at the Royal Academy of Arts in Berlin from 1892 until his retirement in 1911, where Vaughan Williams was one his pupils; he paints a picture of a proud and sensitive man, whose talents were perhaps left behind at a time of rapid musical development. The book also offers a musical analysis of his one hundred published works, including three operas. CHRISTOPHER FIFIELD is foremost a conductor, but also a writer on music history (Grove, DNB, Viking Opera Guide, Oxford Companion to Music/), the author of a biography of Hans Richter, the editor of the letters and diaries of Kathleen Ferrier, and a recent history of the music agents Ibbs and Tillett.
  

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This excellent book is the only available biography in English of this underrated composer. The author brings to light many heretofore little known tidbits about Bruch's life and provides detailed ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
11
Childhood and Youth 183858
17
Years of Study 185860
24
Mannheim 186163
34
Folksong and Frithjof 1864
47
Coblenz 186568
68
Igeler Hog
94
the Compositions 186770
104
Liverpool 188083
174
Breslau 188390
204
Berlin I 189197
237
The Final Years 191120
294
Postlude
325
Bruchs Works
343
Afterword to the New Edition
353
Additional Bibliography 303
393

Return to Berlin 187880
158

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About the author (2005)

About the Author:
Christopher Fifield is a freelance writer living in Great Britain.

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