Ernest Bloch

Schelomo: A Hebraic Rhapsody

            Ernest Bloch (not to be confused with the philosopher, Ernst Bloch) was born in Switzerland, and studied music in various European countries before moving to the United States in 1916.   He lived the rest of his life here, except for a return to Switzerland during the 1930s.   In addition to a distinguished career as a composer, he was a music administrator, leading the Mannes School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Possessed of a remarkable intellect, he was wide-ranging in his extra-musical interests, especially that of photography.  While his musical style is firmly founded in late Romantic, Central European traditions, his peripatetic intellectual interests inspired an impressive variety of compositions.  On the on