The less-well-known masterpieces include the Violin Concerto, the Viola Suite, the Concerto symphonique for piano and orchestra, and among the smaller pieces, the Four Episodes for Chamber Orchestra. This brief, unpromisingly named work contains a whole world of expression packed into a very small space. Bloch is of course best known for his "Jewish" works, but there are many Read more different threads running through his music, including a fascination with things Chinese. You can hear this in the finale of the Viola Suite, and perhaps most potently as the finale of the Four Episodes. Scored for piano, wind quintet, and strings, the performance here is wonderfully colorful and alive.
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Geneva, July 24, ; d. Portland, Ore. In he went to Germany, where he studied theory with Knorr at the Hoch Cons, in Frankfurt am Main and took private lessons with Thuille in Munich; there he began the composition of his first full-fledged sym.
As a tribute to his homeland, he outlined the orch. In he was offered an engagement as conductor on an American tour accompanying the dancer Maud Allan; he gladly accepted the opportunity to leave war-torn Europe, and expressed an almost childlike delight upon docking in the port of N. This was also the period when Bloch began to express himself in music as an inheritor of Jewish culture, explicitly articulating his racial consciousness in several verbal statements.
From to he was director of the Inst. From to Bloch lived mostly in Switzerland; he then returned to the U. In he was elected a member of the National Inst. In he received 2 N. In his harmonic idiom, Bloch favored sonorities formed by the bitonal relationship of 2 major triads with the tonics standing at the distance of a tritone, but even the dissonances he employed were euphonious. In his last works of chamber music , he experimented for the first time with thematic statements of 12 different notes, but he never adopted the strict Schoenbergian technique of deriving the entire contents of a composition from the basic tone row.
In his early Piano Quintet, Bloch made expressive use of quarter tones in the string parts. In his Jewish works, he emphasized the interval of the augmented second, without a literal imitation of Hebrew chants. Bloch contributed a number of informative annotations for the program books of the Boston Sym. An Ernest Bloch Soc. Organ: 6 Preludes ; 4 Wedding Marches Bibliography M. Chiesa, Bibliografia delle opere musicali di E. Turin, ; idem, E. Turin, ; D. Kushner, E. Bloch and I. Heskes, E.
He began composing soon after. He then traveled around Europe, moving to Germany where he studied composition from — with Iwan Knorr at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt , on to Paris in and back to Geneva before settling in the United States in , taking US citizenship in In , Bloch became the first teacher of composition at Mannes School of Music , a post he held for three years. In December he was appointed the first Musical Director of the newly formed Cleveland Institute of Music , a post he held until Following this his lover Ada Clement  appointed him as the director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music until