Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

When you think about concert music based off of Scottish fiddle tunes, you probably wouldn’t think that one of the best known pieces using those tunes is by a German composer. Well, it is - it’s the Scottish Fantasy by Max Bruch, and he composed it for the Spanish Violin Virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate. Each movement of the piece is based on a different Scottish Folk Tune. It’s no surprise that Bruch gravitated towards these folk melodies – he was a known stubborn anti-modernist, once saying that the “feeling, power, originality, and beauty of folksong” is a salvation in unmelodic times. He drew from a number of folk melodies from various nations throughout his career, but he was especially fond of the ones from Scotland. [Photo: http://bit.ly/2Acf0Ez]

Air Date: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 7:00pm