Max Derrickson

Writing Music Program Notes for Over 20 Years

Enescu – Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major, Op. 11

Georges [born George] Enescu     (Born Liveni Vîrnav [now renamed George Enescu], near Dorohoi, August 19, 1881; died Paris, May 4, 1955) Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major, Op. 11 The written history of Romania, like that of many European countries, began with the Romans.  After they left, Romaniawas overrun by a series […]

Bruch – Romanze for Viola in F Major, Op. 85

Max Bruch     (Born Cologne, Germany, 1838; died Friedenau (near Berlin), Germany, 1920) Romanze for Viola in F Major, Op. 85 Max Bruch launched his composing career with opera.  He was exceptionally able at writing for voice – some of his sacred and secular choral works are exquisite Romantic gems – and this talent […]

Berlioz – Harold in Italy, Symphony with Viola Solo, Op. 16

Hector Berlioz     (Born in La Côte-St.-André, Isère, France, 1803; died in Paris, France, 1869) Harold in Italy, Symphony with Viola Solo, Op. 16 1. Adagio – Harold in the Mountains.  Scenes of Melancholy, Happiness and Joy 2. Allegretto – March of the Pilgrims Singing the Evening Prayer 3. Allegro assai – Serenade of […]