Ernest Bloch

Swiss Born 24 Jul 1880 Died 15 Jul 1959

Born in Geneva, Ernest Bloch studied violin under Eugène Ysaÿe and composition under Rasse in Belgium.  He first travelled to America in 1916 and spent several years there establishing a reputation as a composer proud of his Jewish heritage.  He was naturalised as an American citizen in 1924 and won accolades as a composer, teacher and conductor.

Originally something of a romantic, Bloch's music later embraced neo-classicism, microtonality and serialism, but never relinquished his devotion to melody.  Nor was he afraid to admit that his musical inspiration stemmed from external sources such as poetry or philosophy.  Roger Sessions  was a famous pupil.

Related composers: Arthur Honegger, Igor Stravinsky

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