Brull, Ignaz



Talented pianist and composer. Born in Moravia. Studied composition with Dessoff and Rufinatscha and the piano with Epstein. After finishing his studies, he made a number of very successful concert tours, playing many of his own compositions. From 1872 to 1878 he was professor of piano at the Horak Institute, Vienna, and in 1881 he became one of the directors of this institute. In 1875 his opera, Das Goldene Kreuz, was produced and was so successful in Germany that he turned his attention almost entirely to composition. Other works are Die Bettler von Samarkand, his first opera, produced in 1864; Gringoire; Der Landfriede; Konigin Mariette; Das Steinerne Herz; Schach dem Konig and Der Husar. Beside these Brull wrote many orchestra works, among which are a symphony in E minor; overture to Macbeth; Tanz suite and three serenades. He produced much chamber-music, many beautiful songs and solo pieces for the piano and violin.