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The Court Composer: Coblenz

Donald Macleod looks at the works Bruch wrote as a court composer in Coblenz, and the influence of folksong on his melodies. Though Bruch went on to compose two more violin concertos and plenty of other works, he never struck gold as he did in his first Concerto for violin. The Concerto was so wildly popular that musicians would lie in wait for him on street corners in Naples, ready to break out into it when they saw him coming.

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Tue 8 Mar 2011 22:00

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