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Bram Heemskerk

Bruch 1st violin concerto

November 12, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Earlier I made the 2nd and 3rd Bruch + Schottisch Fanatsy with the score of the soloist (so you can compare them), but THE Bruch violin concerto is his 1st. During his life it irritated Bruch that is was overplayed and that the other vc's get so less attention. It is also my irritation, but I (and Bruch) cannot chance the world and must accept the popularity and playing tradition of the 1st vc. Good themes, not technical too difficult and only 12 pages, but now for me not a reason to hear it again in a concerthall because it is too well known. The piece you start to practise after the Rieding concerto's:

From Dion Ackermann
Posted on November 12, 2010 at 3:58 PM

"Good music, not technically too difficult"

Please tell me you are joking Bram. I can feel the inferiority complex coming on like a rash. 

From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on November 12, 2010 at 10:59 PM

I am a plain 2th amateurviolinist. I never try to play this piece. But the 1th Vieuxtemps is more difficult for the soloist. That could also be a good reason why technical too difficult music is seldom played. Ok for a violin concerto it is of course much more difficult than a Rieding concerto, but compared to Paganini concerto (he wrote 6, why do they always only play the 1st?) or 1th Vieuxtemps Bruch1 seems more easier or am I wrong?

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