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Ernest Bloch

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Ernest Bloch (1880–1959) was a Swiss-born American composer.

Bloch’s early works, including his opera Macbeth (1910) show the influence of both the Germanic school of Richard Strauss and the impressionism of Claude Debussy. His mature works, including his best-known pieces, often draw on Jewish liturgical and folk music. These works include Schelomo (1916) for cello and orchestra, the Israel Symphony (1916), Baal Shem for violin and piano (1923, later version for violin and orchestra) and Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service, 1933) for baritone, choir, and orchestra. Other pieces from this period include a violin concerto written for Joseph Szigeti and the rhapsody America for chorus and orchestra.

His works after World War II are a little more varied in style, though Bloch’s essentially Romantic idiom remains. Some, such as the Suite hébraïque (1950) continue the Jewish theme; others, such as the second concerto grosso (1952), display an interest in neo-classicism (though here too the harmonic language is basically Romantic, even though the form is Baroque); and others, including the late string quartets, include elements of .

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  • shinobi001

    @SnailKid This fella certainly does.

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • rm508

    Love him. Time for a new image.

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Alfredo_Marasco

    5 Sketches in Sepia, n°5 Epilogue... very interesting!!!

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • faceofanother

    second violin sonata is love

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • KraeheK

    Digging this guy, his tough tonal violin sonatas, the absurdly epic violin concerto. Wonderful stuff.

    22 Dec 2009 Reply
  • SnailKid

    Piano Quintet no. 1. Holy heart-stop. Anyone else love this ?

    26 Feb 2009 Reply
  • sankarinewage

    A suíte hebraica q ouvi no início dos anos 80, com o violoncelo foi determinante para que escolhesse estudar música. Foi aí q tudo começou. Thank you very much Block.

    1 Dec 2008 Reply