(1838 - 1920).  German composer and conductor.  His music owes much to the expressive language of Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms, but with his own unique genius for melody.

Bruch's most frequently performed works now are his Concertos for Violin and Orchestra.  Most notable is the Violin Concerto no 1 in G minor, considered to be in the first rank of romantic era concertos.

His fascination with folk melodies and music traditions of other cultures prompted him to weave elements of these into many of his works.  Among them, his delightful "Scottish Fantasy" for violin and orchestra is a perennial favorite.

Though of Protestant upbringing, his friendship with the chief cantor of Berlin brought him in contact with Hebrew melodies.  The result is one of the most poignant works for cello and orchestra ever written, entitled "Kol Nidrei".

Bruch wrote music in most genres, including opera, oratorios, symphonies, concertos, and chamber music.  His choral works were especially popular during his lifetime, but are now rarely performed.
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