Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy Op. 46
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.