Archive for January, 2009

Bloch, Three Noctures (for piano trio)

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Ernest Bloch, 1880-1959

Three Nocturnes (for piano trio), 1924

Ernest BlochThis year is the 50th anniversary of Ernest Bloch’s death, a timely occasion to revisit his chamber music. Though Bloch was born in Switzerland and educated in a number of European cities, he emigrated to the United States in 1916 when he was 36 and became a naturalized citizen in 1924. Despite spending much of the 1930’s back in Switzerland, he maintained his U.S. citizenship and lived the majority of his remaining life in America. Bloch was an influential teacher as well as a composer and held significant positions at a variety of American institutions including the founding director of the Cleveland Conservatory of Music (1920-25), the director of the San Francisco Conservatory (1925-30) and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley (1940-52) before retiring. For all these reasons, Bloch is usually considered an American composer of Swiss origin. By those who knew him well, Bloch was considered to be a man of great passion, strong inner faith and a great humanitarian that transcended any borders of faith, nation or race. (more…)