July 24, 1880
July 15, 1959 in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
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Ernest Bloch was an American composer and professor during the early part of the 20th century. He also became music director of the Cleveland Institute of Music (1920 to 1925) and the San Francisco Conservatory (1925 to 1930).
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Bloch studied with Émile Jaques-Dalcroze; a Swiss composer, music educator and music theorist. He also studied with the violinist and composer Eugène Ysaÿe. Bloch also became a teacher later on and taught at the Geneva Conservatory as well as the University of California at Berkeley. Among his students were American composers Roger Sessions and Randall Thompson. His works is said to be influenced by Jewish themes and works by such composers as DeBussy, Mahler, Ravel and Strauss.
His compositions include: "Schelomo," "Suite hébraïque," "Baal Shem," "Hiver-Printemps," "Israel Symphony," "Trois poèmes juifs", "Avodath Hakodesh," "Concerto Grosso No. 1," "String Quartet No. 2," "Suite symphonique," and "Sinfonia Breve."
In 1942, Bloch received a gold medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He also received honorary degrees from Linfleld College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Reed College and Brandeis University.
More Information is available at the Ernest Bloch Legacy Web site.
Listen to Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo" courtesy of YouTube.