Cursed Brandenburg Desert - Berlin
Bruch felt that he had never had his due in Berlin, and that on the contrary his music and his talents had been consistently underrated there. His experience of working with orchestras and his treatment by the press - "treated either as a schoolboy or a scoundrel" - as he put it, left him feeling deeply resentful. But he spent his final three decades in the city, and fortunately found a prominent job as Director of Masterclasses for Composition at the Berlin Academy. Donald Macleod examines Bruch's final years.