Baal Shem: 3 Pictures of Hassidic Life : Work information
- Ernest Bloch ( Music, Images,)
- Performed by
- Alexander Zakin (Piano), Isaac Stern (Violin), Howard H. Scott (Producer), Isaac Stern (Recording Artist)
- Work name
- Baal Shem: 3 Pictures of Hassidic Life
- Work number
- SONY CLASSICAL
- Recording date
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.