Ernest Bloch Biography
Died At Age: 89
Sun Sign: Leo
Born in: Geneva
Famous as: Composer
Spouse/Ex-: Marguerite Schneider
children: Ivan, Lucienne, Suzanne
place of death: Portland
City: Geneva, Switzerland
education: Conservatory in Brussels, Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt
Ernest Bloch was a Swiss-American composer considered to be one of the most popular personalities of that time. Apart from composing he also worked as a professor in his later years. His works were acknowledged to be innovative and inventive. He is widely recognized as a successful composer whose works were appreciated and enjoyed all over by people of all ages. Bloch is also considered by many of his admirers to be the fourth ‘B’ of the Bach, Beethoven and Brahms quartet. An active wanderer and an explorer, he possessed the supreme qualities of a great composer, using romantic idioms in most of his works and writing in varied styles throughout his life. He did not care about fashion or traditions of his time. Instead, his interests were inclined towards the expression of his individuality, ideas, philosophy, truthfulness, intellect and ethnicity. His compositions had the balance of all the expressions and music was the most authentic language of his life. He was very much influenced by folk music and adopted the 12-tone technique and coloristic quartertones in his compositions, which was greatly appreciated by his listeners.
- Macbeth (opera).
- Symphony in C sharp minor, Symphony in Eb, Symphony for Trombone (or Cello) and Orchestra.
- Concertino for Flute, Viola and String.
- Concerto Grosso No.1, for string orchestra and piano.
- Concerto grosso No.2, for string quartet and string orchestra.
- Concerto symphonique, for piano and orchestra (or 2 pianos).
- Proclamation, for trumpet and orchestra (or piano).
- Schelomo, rhapsody for cello and orchestra.
- Scherzo fantasque, for piano and orchestra (or 2 pianos).
- Suite for Viola and Orchestra (after Suite for Viola and Piano).
- Suite hébraïque, for viola and orchestra.
- Suite modale, for flute and strings.
- Violin Concerto
- Voice in the Wilderness, symphonic poem for cello and orchestra
- Evocations, suite (or 2 pianos)
- Hiver—Printemps, 2 symphonic poems
- In the Night
- 3 Jewish Poems, suite
- Poems of the Sea
- Suite symphonique
- Abodah: a Yom Kippur melody, for violin and piano
- Baal Shem: 3 Pictures of Hassidic life, for violin and piano
- 4 Episodes, for chamber orchestra
- Exotic Night, for violin and piano
- From Jewish Life, 3 sketches for cello and piano
- Meditation Hébraïque, for cello and piano
- Melody, for violin and piano
- 3 Nocturnes for Piano Trio
- Piano Quintet No. 1
- Quintet for Piano and Strings No. 1
- Quintet for Piano and Strings No. 2
- Violin Sonata No. 1
- Violin Sonata No.2 (Poème mystique)
- America: An Epic Rhapsody, for chorus and orchestra
- Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service), for baritone, chorus, and orchestra
- Poèmes d'automne, 4 songs for mezzo and orchestra (or piano)
- Prelude and 2 Psalms, for soprano and orchestra (or piano)
- Psalm 22, for alto (or baritone) and orchestra
- 4 Circus Pieces
- Danse sacrée
- Enfantines, (10 Children's pieces)
- Nirvana, poem
- Ernest Bloch Society (Israel and Switzerland)
- International Ernest Bloch Society (U.K)
- Bloch Festival in Chicago - 1950
- Bloch Festival in Italy - 1953
- A Guide to Research
- Bloch, Schoenberg, Bernstein: Assimilating Jewish Music
- Ernest Bloch
- Ernest Bloch: Creative Spirit
- His Life and his Thoughts (four volumes)
- Jewish Identities
- The Ernest Bloch Companion
- The Ernest Bloch I Knew: The Agate Beach Years
- Voices in the Wilderness
ERNEST BLOCH TIMELINE
Born on July 24, in Geneva, Switzerland.
He moved to Germany and studied composition with Iwan Knorr in Frankfurt.
Went on a visit to Paris.
He returned to Geneva.
Won the Coolidge prize for Viola and Piano.
Bloch was appointed as the first musical director of the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Settled in the United States and took an American citizenship.
He won the first prize in a contest sponsored by Musical America with his composition America, an Epic Rhapsody.
He served as the Director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
He served as a professor at the University of California in Berkeley, teaching summer courses until he retired.
Bloch died of cancer at Agate Beach, Oregon at the age of 78.
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