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Max Christian Friedrich Bruch

Born: 1838 AD
Died: 1920 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Composers, Conductors, Musicians, Songwriter

1838 – Max Christian Friedrich Bruch, born on the 6th of January in Cologne, Germany. He is a German composer remembered chiefly for his virtuoso violin concerti.

1852 – He wrote a symphony at age 14 and won a scholarship enabling him to study at Cologne.

1858 – His first opera, Scherz, List und Rache (Jest, Deceit, and Revenge, text adapted from a work by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), was performed.

1865 – 1890 – He conducted orchestral and choral societies at Koblenz, Sondershausen, Berlin, Liverpool, and Breslau.

1867 – 1872 – He was an unusually ambitious and productive composer. His greatest successes in his own lifetime were his massive works for choir and orchestra—such as Schön Ellen (Beautiful Ellen) and Odysseus.

1880 – 1868 – His few works that remain on concert programs are the Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra, the Kol Nidrei for cello and orchestra, and virtuoso pieces for the violin and for the cello, notably his three violin concerti. His brilliant Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor has won a permanent place in the violin repertoire.

1890 – 1911 – He was a professor at the Berlin Academy of Arts.

1920 – Died on the 2nd of October in Friedenau, Germany.