Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Ernest Bloch (1880-1959)
Debussy is like a painter who looks at his canvas to see what more he can take out; Strauss is like a painter who has covered every inch and then takes the paint he has left and throws it at the canvas.
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Born in Geneva, Switzerland. Bloch studied violin and composition. Bloch wrote several string quartets including: Schelomo--A Hebrew Rhapsody (for cello and orchestra) and A Voice in the Wilderness. Bloch became director of the Cleveland Institute of Music and later the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and taught at the University of California at Berkeley.