Ernst Toch

Biography

Born: December 7, 1887; Vienna, Austria   Died: October 1, 1964; Los Angeles, CA  
The young Ernst Toch was almost entirely self-taught as a musician; his earliest compositional efforts involved copying out Mozart's string quartets, which in turn served as models for his own essays in the genre. Despite his evident promise, however, Toch's formal education was at first directed toward medicine; soon, however, he devoted his energies to musical studies. Toch went to Frankfurt in 1909, where he undertook formal training in both Read more piano (with Willy Rehberg) and composition (with Iwan Knorr). In 1910, he won the Berlin Mendelssohn Prize for composition; three years later, he was appointed teacher of composition at the Mannheim Musikhochschule. Toch retained this post (interrupted by a wartime stint in the Austrian army) until 1929, when he moved to Berlin and actively pursued a career as composer and pianist. During this time he wrote several choral and dramatic works; among the most striking of these is the "Geographical Fugue" from Gesprochene Musik, which employs a contrapuntal, purely spoken treatment of the names of various exotic locales.

Following the example of many of his countrymen, Toch fled Germany in 1933 as the Nazi party continued its ascent. After spending time in Paris and London, Toch emigrated to America in 1935, where he took up a teaching post at the New School for Social Research in New York. He eventually embraced his new home, becoming a US citizen in 1940.

Beginning in 1936, Toch taught at the University of Southern California. His inventive, colorful musical sense and proximity to Hollywood led to a lucrative side career as a composer of film music; his scores for Peter Ibbetson (1935) and Address Unknown (1943) were nominated for Academy Awards. He was similarly honored for his "legitimate" endeavors, winning the 1956 Pulitzer Prize in music for his Third Symphony. Read less

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Ernst Toch


MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. Allegro assai moderato
II. Agitato
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Ansturmend, ziemlich rasch (Roter Wirbeltanz)
II. Schwer, lastend (Tanz des Grauens)
III. Intermezzo: Fliessende Achtel
IV. Gemessen (Tanz des Schweigens)
V. Intermezzo: Lebhaft
VI. Massige Viertel (Tanz des Erwachens)
No. 1. Sehr gemessen
No. 2. Li Tai Pe, "The Flowers of the Evening ..."
No. 3. Schreitend, marschmassig
No. 4. Sao-Han, "Rat, Poisening My Brain ..."
No. 5. Wie eine Litanae
No. 6. Khong-Fu-Tse (Confucious), "The Burning Summer ..."
I. Flott
II. Fliessend, sehr zart
III. Frisch
I. Calmly and evenly flowing, utmost tenderness and intimacy
II. Adagio
III. Pensive serenade
IV. Vigorous
I. Mit kraft und ungestum
II. Grazios und duftig
III. Adagio
IV. Ubermutig
I. Allegro commodo
II. Intermezzo, "Die Spinne"
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio non troppo
III. Allegro giocoso
I. Overture: Sehr leicht und beweglich, prazisestes staccatissimo
II. Idyll: Allegretto grazioso
III. Buffo
WORKS
I. Allegro assai moderato
II. Agitato
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Ansturmend, ziemlich rasch (Roter Wirbeltanz)
II. Schwer, lastend (Tanz des Grauens)
III. Intermezzo: Fliessende Achtel
IV. Gemessen (Tanz des Schweigens)
V. Intermezzo: Lebhaft
VI. Massige Viertel (Tanz des Erwachens)
No. 1. Sehr gemessen
No. 2. Li Tai Pe, "The Flowers of the Evening ..."
No. 3. Schreitend, marschmassig
No. 4. Sao-Han, "Rat, Poisening My Brain ..."
No. 5. Wie eine Litanae
No. 6. Khong-Fu-Tse (Confucious), "The Burning Summer ..."
I. Flott
II. Fliessend, sehr zart
III. Frisch
I. Andante cantabile
II. Allegretto grazioso
III. Adagio, con espressione quasi der letzte Kampf
No. 1. Canzonetta: Andante
No. 2. Caprice
No. 3. Night Song: Molto intimo ed espressivo
No. 4. Roundelay: Allegretto lunsingando, gently flowing
No. 5. Cavalde: Allegro vivace
I. Sehr wuchtig, ansturmend
II. Vivace molto
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro molto
I. Calmly and evenly flowing, utmost tenderness and intimacy
II. Adagio
III. Pensive serenade
IV. Vigorous
I. Molto tranquillo
II. Allegro non troppo
III. Slow, dolcissimo con espressione
IV. Allegro assai
I. Langsam
II. Lebhaft
III. Andante
IV. Allegro giocoso
V. Allegro imperuoso ed appassionato
I. Mit kraft und ungestum
II. Grazios und duftig
III. Adagio
IV. Ubermutig
I. Allegro commodo
II. Intermezzo, "Die Spinne"
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio non troppo
III. Allegro giocoso
I. Overture: Sehr leicht und beweglich, prazisestes staccatissimo
II. Idyll: Allegretto grazioso
III. Buffo
I. Molto tranquillo
II. Allegro molto
III. Langsam, zart
IV. Allegro non troppo
I. Molto dolce, molto tranquillo, molto equalmente
II. Lively con brio
III. Molto grave
I. Allegro commodo
II. Molto grazioso e leggiero throughout
III. Allegro energico
I. Molto lento
II. Allegro giocoso
III. Allegro resoluto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro


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