BRUCH, MAX. (1838-1920). German composer. ALS. (“M. Bruch”). 2pp. 12mo. Breslau, April 1, 1887. To a newspaper editor. In German with translation.
“I have just received official news that I am appointed ordinary member of the Royal Academy of Arts in Berlin. Would you be so kind as to mention this shortly – without any additional remarks, please – in the next copy of your paper? With greeting and thanks, always your…”
A precocious and prolific composer, Bruch wrote his first work at age nine and single-mindedly devoted himself to composition thereafter. His oeuvre includes orchestral suites, symphonies, operas, choral works, lieder, chamber works, and compositions for strings; however, his reputation today rests on a small number of popular works – primarily the two Concerti for Violin, Op. 26 and 44 and the Scottish Fantasy, Opus 46.
Bruch was also influential as teacher, working in Mannheim, Koblenz, Sondershausen, Berlin, and Bonn, as well as conducting the Liverpool Philharmonic Society. After his 1887 induction into the Royal Academy of Arts in Berlin, referenced in our letter, Bruch taught a masterclass in composition there from 1891 to 1911.
Written on the first two pages of a folded sheet. Light wear, otherwise fine.