Resources on analysis/structure of the Bruch concerto
Hi all - does anyone know anything good to read on the structure or musical analysis of the Bruch concerto?
There is a load of stuff out there about Bruch's biography, or Joachim's involvement with the concerto... much less about analysis of how the harmony and the melodic material work together!
So if you can't point me to anything that would be really helpful. Thanks!
May I suggest doing the analysis yourself? I believe you will learn more at a deeper level with a better understanding of the concerto than by reading someone else's analysis (if indeed there is one published). I note you are working towards the LRSM Diploma, so you should be sufficiently equipped academically.
I am indeed looking at it myself and seeing where I get to! But I'm learning how to approach this from books not people... which is fine as far as it goes, but there is lot published on how to look at a Classical sonata in minute detail and rather less on how to look at a Romantic concerto. (And e.g. Rosen's "Romantic Generation" is on the hardcore side for me...)
I once had a nice book called "The Literature of the Piano" which gave brief descriptions of the structure of some of the most important pieces. So maybe what you need to do is go to some library where there is a good collection of musicology texts and see if there are any such books about the violin literature. Searching by title may not be adequate -- that's my point.
The Science of Violin Playing by Raphael Bronstein is probably the closest you'll get to a good analysis of the Bruch. If you buy the book, make sure it's the one with Bruch in it (I think the new edition doesn't have Bruch, but the old one does.
I am not strong in theory or formal analysis, but the first movement of the Bruch has always struck as being a very long introduction to a something that never happens, but instead modulates into a very fine slow movement. So, for me it is not as wonderful as Tchaikovsky, Brahms.
This might not be what you want, but I have some thoughts about it.