Ernest Bloch

Biography

Born: 1880   Died: 1959   Country: Switzerland   Period: 20th Century
A highly individual composer, Ernest Bloch did not pioneer any new style in music but spoke with a distinctive voice into which he could assimilate folk influences, 12-tone technique, and even coloristic quarter tones. In a stylistically atomized century his interests were universal, and his music was both beloved by the public and inspirational for a younger and more academically oriented generation.

His father was the quintessential
Read more Swiss, a well-off manufacturer of watches and clocks, including cuckoo clocks. Ernest had a diverse musical training that included advanced violin training, study of eurhythmics with Émile Jacques-Dalcroze; he traveled from Switzerland to Belgium, Munich, and Paris in due course. Bloch wrote prolifically in his student years but did not publish any of his works. He is not related to his contemporary Ernest Bloch (1885-1977), a German philosopher interested in musical issues.

Bloch married Margarethe Schneider in 1904; one of their children, Suzanne, became a well-known lute player. His music began to attract interest, and in 1910 his opera Macbeth was staged in Paris to a mostly uncomprehending audience. About this time he began writing music with specifically Jewish aspects in subject matter, reflected by orientalisms in the melodies -- often derived from Jewish worship chants and folk music. Some of the best known compositions of this series are the violin work Baal-Shem, an Israel Symphony, and Schelomo, a tone poem that also is one of the great cello concertos.

In 1916 he traveled to the U.S. as conductor for the Maud Allan dance company. The outfit went broke, stranding him in Ohio. The composer was thus forced to remain in America, but he soon found success as a composer, conductor, and music school administrator and teacher. In 1924 he took American citizenship. He became director of the San Francisco Conservatory in 1925 and in 1927 won first prize in a contest sponsored by Musical America with his composition America, an Epic Rhapsody.

He returned to Switzerland in 1930, and mostly lived there for the next decade. He composed and traveled widely in Europe to conduct his works. The rise of Nazism in Germany and a desire to retain his U.S. citizenship prompted a return to that country before World War II broke out. He settled at scenic Agate Beach, OR, and was appointed a professor at the University of California in Berkeley, teaching summer courses until he retired in 1952.

During both of his American teaching careers he shaped the early careers of an enviable list of successful students, including Antheil, Kirchner, and Sessions. Bloch died of cancer in 1959. Read less
Bloch: Violin Sonatas No 1 & 2, Suite Hébraďque
Release Date: 02/22/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554460   Number of Discs: 1
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Bloch: America, Suite Hébraďque  / Atlas, Shaham, Et Al
Release Date: 06/21/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557151   Number of Discs: 1
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Bloch: Four Episodes, Suite Modale, Etc / Gandelsman, Et Al
Release Date: 07/31/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570259   Number of Discs: 1
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Bloch: America, Epic Rhapsody / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 04/24/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572743   Number of Discs: 1
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Bloch: Suite For Viola And Orchestra,  Baal Shem, Suite Hebraique / Hong-mei Xiao
Release Date: 06/25/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570829   Number of Discs: 1
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    Bloch: Music for Cello & Piano / York, Wallfisch
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5943 Release Date: 05/05/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  John York
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    Exiles / Gaillard
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 142 Release Date: 04/21/2017  
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sirba Octet,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Hidden Treasures / Saint John String Quartet
    Label: Leaf Music Inc   Catalog: 01 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Bridge,  Joaquin Turina,  Ernest MacMillan,  Healey Willan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saint John String Quartet
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    Mstislav Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559857 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Alexander Dedyukhin,  Alexander Dedyuhkin,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Adrian Boult,  George Szell,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
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    Schumann: Cello Concerto - Bloch: Schelomo / Rostropovich, Bernstein
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559882 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Ernest Bloch
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
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    Bloch: Chamber Music for Cello / Enderle, Sakagami
    Label: Musiques Suisses   Catalog: 6290 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch
    Performer:  Chiara Enderle,  Hiroko Sakagami,  Matthias Enderle
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    Weinberg & Bloch: Piano Quintets / Stamic Quintet
    Label: Animal Music   Catalog: 057 Release Date: 02/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg,  Ernest Bloch
    Performer:  Aneta Majerova
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamic String Quartet
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    Gliere, Stravinsky & Bloch: Orchestral Works / Stokowski
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 168 Release Date: 02/17/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Reinhold Gliere,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ernest Bloch,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  George Neikrug
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Symphony of the Air  ... 
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    Pierre Fournier Edition: Complete Recordings on DG, Decca & Philips
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4796909 Release Date: 02/10/2017   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Max Bruch,  Ernest Bloch  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre Fournier,  Géza Anda,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Giusto Cappone  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon,  Alfred Wallenstein,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Bloch, Dallapiccola & Ligeti: Cello Works / Clein
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68155 Release Date: 01/27/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Luigi Dallapiccola,  György Ligeti
    Performer:  Natalie Clein
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    America Again / Downes
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92207 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Lou Harrison,  Traditional,  Amy Marcy Beach  ... 
    Performer:  Lara Downes
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  • 12.
    Charles Munch: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 516979 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Vincent D'Indy  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Artur Rubinstein,  Margaret Roggero,  Leslie Chabey  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Harvard Glee Club  ... 
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    The Golden Era of Living Stereo: Remastered Collector's Edition
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 532174 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Pietro Nardini,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Sankey,  Ania Dorfmann,  Leonid Kogan,  Andrei Mitnik  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Mitchell,  Arthur Fiedler,  Arturo Basile,  Robert Shaw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Quartet,  Portland Symphonic Choir,  Choir Of The Abbey Of Mount Angel  ... 
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    Double Bass Concerto: Rota, Bloch & Bruch / Furtok, Zelienka, Frankfurt Radio Symphony
    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10354 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nino Rota,  Ernest Bloch,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Boguslaw Furtok
    Conductor:  Peter Zelienka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Yehudi Menuhin: The Complete American Victor Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 519854 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Adolf Baller,  Wanda Landowska,  Carroll Hollister  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch,  Antal Doráti,  George Enescu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Menuhin Century: Luxury Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555050 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 91
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen,  Artur Balsam,  Marcel Gazelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald,  Pierre Monteux,  Jean Fournet,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    The Menuhin Century: The Historic Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555052 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonín Dvorák,  Niccolň Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Gerald Moore,  George Enescu,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Edward Elgar,  George Enescu,  Pierre Monteux,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire  ... 
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  • 18.
    The Leonard Bernstein Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002462302 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 64
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Alessi,  Philip Smith,  Glenn Dicterow,  Jaap van Zweden  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble
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  • 19.
    Violin Concertos, Recitals
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19005 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Ivry Gitlis,  Daria Horova
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Hans Rosbaud,  Wolfgang Rennert
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  • 20.
    Roberto Sawicki, Violon
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1455 Release Date: 02/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Janine Allanic,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Ernest Bloch,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Sawicki
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  • 21.
    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Dance! / Huijnen & Grotenhuis
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72683 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Antonín Dvorák,  Zoltán Kodály,  Ernest Bloch  ... 
    Performer:  Cecile Huijnen,  Marieke Grotenhuis
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  • 23.
    Franck: Violin Sonata; Bloch: Poeme Mystique; Krein: Berceuse
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1508 Release Date: 12/08/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Ernest Bloch,  Julien Krein
    Performer:  Zina Schiff,  Cameron Grant
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  • 24.
    Itzhak Perlman: Live In Russia
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552414 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Janet Goodman Guggenheim
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    Yo-Yo Ma: The Classical Cello Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 513074 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Ton Koopman,  Emanuel Ax,  Edgar Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman,  Claudio Abbado,  Kurt Masur,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  ORTF National Orchestra  ... 
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