Ernst Block's Four Episodes - Wednesday's Free Ensemble Monterey Download

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Dear Ensemble Monterey Friends- Ernest Bloch was born on 24 July, 1880, in Geneva, Switzerland, and died in 1977. In his native city, he studied violin and composition. Bloch's principal training, however, would be in Frankfurt. There, Bloch appropriated established musical elements into highly novel dramatic scores, often influenced by philosophical, poetic, or religious themes. The successful premiere by the Boston Symphony of Bloch's Trois Poemes Juifs in in 1917 encouraged the composer to settle in the United States. He soon assumed the directorship of the Cleveland Institute of Music and later the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He also taught at the University of California at Berkeley.
Bloch served as the Artistic Director at the fledgling San Francisco Conservatory of Music for five years, during which time he composed three prize-winning works including the Four Episodesfor chamber orchestra (1926).

Each of Bloch's Four Episodes is a character study, from the anxious arabesques of "Humoresque macabre" to the flashy interplay of timbres in "Chinese", through the stubborn joy of "Obsession" and the pastel-like landscape of "Calm". Four Episodes won the Carolyn Beebe prize for the best American composition of 1926. We performed these miniatures in 2007.

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Until Friday - Yours in Music - John Anderson