Violin Concerto No. 3 (Bruch)

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Violin Concerto
by Max Bruch
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Key D minor
Catalogue Op. 58
Period Romantic
Genre Concerto
Composed 1891 (1891)
Movements 3
Scoring Violin & Orchestra

Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 58, was composed in 1891. It was dedicated to his friend (and superior at the Berlin Academy of Music) the violinist/composer Joseph Joachim, who had persuaded Bruch to expand what had started out as a single movement concert piece into a full violin concerto.[1]

Despite being advocated by Joachim and Pablo de Sarasate, the concerto, which differed from its predecessors in its adherence to traditional classical structures never attained the same prominence as the G minor concerto.

In recent years the concerto has been described as "...a musical unicorn: since it has almost never been played, its existence is for many the stuff only of musicological folklore."[2] Program notes for a 2013 performance of the G minor concerto by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra even denied the existence of the concerto, stating that Bruch had composed only two violin concertos, the G minor concerto and the D minor concerto composed for Sarasate.[3]


The concerto has three movements:

  1. Allegro energico
  2. Adagio
  3. Finale: Allegro molto

A typical performance lasts around 38 minutes.

Video Example[edit]

Bruch Violin Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op.58 performed in 2011 by Liviu Prunaru and the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra under Horia Andreescu.



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