Bruch, Max Felix
Max Bruch was born into a Mendelssohn-dominated German music scene and died within a decade of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire's first appearance a century ago. The dramatic changes in the vocabulary of culture, its frame of reference, and its position in a community gripped his lifetime. Not that Bruch was too troubled about it. The melodic Romantic style of the composer will hardly alter once developed. On record, in the last decade of his life, much of the music he composed mirrored what he had created 60 years ago. Bruch had an exceptional ear for harmony, and he achieved a sublime degree of language in his late works.
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