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The Ernest Bloch companion
Kushner, David Z., 1935-
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiv, 198 pages : illustrations ; 25cm
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ML410.B656 K87 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The evolution of Ernest Bloch's music is traced throughout his travels in Europe and America. A complete picture of Bloch emerges from this integrated study of his life and his music. The opening biographical chapter provides a brief, personal history from which Bloch's career and many interests follow, including his pursuits in photography. The biographical information provides the framework for addressing the Jewish Question, a common focus of Bloch's work. Bloch emerges, from this multifaceted study, as a composer whose music must be examined within both its Jewish heritage and in a larger, universal context.

Musicians, scholars, and Bloch enthusiasts will welcome this volume examining Ernest Bloch's life, career and major works which are enhanced throughout by musical examples. Bloch's professional development is easily traced through the chronological organization of the book.

Author Notes

DAVID Z. KUSHNER is a Professor of Music and Head of the Musicology/Music History program in the School of Music at the University of Florida./e

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Kushner (Univ. of Florida) is today's foremost specialist on Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch (1880-1959). This study builds on Kushner's Ernest Bloch: A Guide to Research (CH, Jan'89) and his numerous other writings about Bloch in periodicals and encyclopedias. The title word "companion" seems inadequate, for this is really a major "life and works." An opening overview is followed by chapters covering the alternating periods of the composer's life in Europe and the US. The discussion is richly documented and includes descriptions of Bloch's music and its reception, the composer's varying philosophical positions and wide intellectual interests, and his important role as a teacher and administrator in several American institutions. The epilogue offers a major critical assessment of Bloch's place in the history of classical music. One of the important composers of early and mid-20th century, Bloch continues to be performed and recorded today. Though preserving the established idea that the most celebrated core of Bloch's music is "Jewish" (Schelomo, Sacred Service), Kushner extends Bloch's eclecticism to encompass both neoromanticism and neoclassicism. The book has copious musical examples and photographs and an appendix on Bloch's production as a photographer and the relation of this activity to his composing. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and performers; general readers. W. K. Kearns emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
1 Biographical Overviewp. 1
2 The Early Yearsp. 13
3 America Ip. 43
4 Return to Rootsp. 87
5 America IIp. 109
Epiloguep. 143
Appendix Ernest Bloch as Photographerp. 159
Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 191