Work: Suite Modale
About This Work
There is a haunting beauty about this late composition. It was written in 1956 for Elaine Shaffer. Bloch was already seriously ill with cancer. He orchestrated it in 1959. "Modal" means that it is uses old scale forms rather than major or
minor, giving a piquant twist to the melodies. It is not a well-known piece, but it is certainly a lovely one. Its four movements, by the way, have no particular titles.
-- Joseph Stevenson, All Music Guide
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