Evening Masterwork: Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy

Max Bruch (1838-1920)

Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46, by Max Bruch

Evening Masterwork for August 5, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

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. Each movement of the piece is based on a different Scottish Folk Tune. And 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. The Scottish Fantasy by Max Bruch, our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.