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  Founder: Len Mullenger

BLOCH Ernest
b Geneva. 24 July 1880
d Oregon, 15 July 1959, aged seventy-eight

He was of a Swiss-Jewish family and much of his work is strongly Jewish. He studied in Geneva and other European capitals between the ages of fourteen and twenty-two and was later much in demand as a teacher of composition. He took American citizenship in 1924. In 1930 an endowment enabled him to return to Europe and to full-time composing for eight years; he then returned to America in 1938 and spent the rest of his life composing.

1900-29 (20-49)

Helvetia, a symphonic fresco for orchestra

1901-2 (21-2)

Symphony in C sharp minor

1904-5 (24-5)

Hiver, symphonic poem

Printemps, symphonic poem

1906 (26)

Poemes d'Automne, for voice and orchestra

1910 (30)

fp Macbeth, opera (written possibly 1903-9)

1912-4 (32-3)

Prelude and Two Psalms for high voice

Israel Symphony, with two sopranos, two altos and bass (1912-16)

1913 (33)

Trois poemes Juifs, for orchestra

1915-16 (35-6)

Schelomo Hebrew Rhapsody, for cello and orchestra

1916 (36)

String Quartet No 1 in B minor

1918-19 (38-9)

Suite for viola Suite for viola and piano 1

920 (40)

Violin Sonata No 1

1921-3 (41-3)

Piano Quintet

1922-4 (42-4)

In the Night, for piano

Poems of the Sea, for piano 1

923 (43)

Baal Shem, for violin and piano

Melody, for violin and piano

Enfantines, for piano

Five Sketches in Sepia, for piano

Nirvana, for piano 1

924-5 (44-5)

Concerto Grosso for strings with piano obbligato

In the Mountains (Haute Savoie), for string quartet

Night, for string quartet

Three Landscapes, for string quartet

Three Nocturnes for piano trio

Violin Sonata No 2, Poeme mystique

Exotic Night, for violin and piano

From Jewish Life, for cello and piano

Meditation Hebraique, for cello and piano 1

925 (45)

Prelude (Recueillement), for string quartet

1926 (46)

America: an Epic Rhapsody, for orchestra

Four Episodes for chamber orchestra

1929 (49)

Abodah, for violin and piano 1

933 (53)

Avodath Hakodesh, sacred service for baritone, chorus and orchestra

1934-6 (54-6)

A Voice in the Wilderness, symphonic poem for cello and orchestra

1935 (55)

Piano Sonata

1937 (57)

Evocations, symphonic suite

Violin Concerto (1937-8)

1938 (58)

Piece for string quartet

1944 (64)

Suite Symphonique

1945 (65)

String Quartet No 2

1946-8 (66-8)

Concerto Symphonique, for piano

1949 (69)

Scherzo fantasque, for piano

1950 (70)

Concertino for viola, flute and strings

Piece for string quartet

1951 (71)

Cinq pieces Hebraiques, for viola and piano

String Quartet No 3 (1951-2)

1952 (72)

Sinfonia Breve

Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra

1953 (73)

String Quartets No 4 and 5


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