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Is Ernest Bloch a Swiss composer or American composer?


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« on: December 05, 2016, 08:35:26 pm »

We have discussed this issue quite often on here. It frequently causes some disagreement.

My own rough rule of thumb is to consider the individual composer, to take into account how much of his life was spent in his country of birth and how much in his adopted country, but also take into account his own perception of his nationality. Stravinsky, I am sure, continued to consider himself as a Russian long after he had left his country of birth.
Although-to pick an example-Malcolm Williamson settled in the UK from 1950 when he was 19 years old he certainly continued to count himself an Australian. But Arthur Benjamin is a slightly more difficult case. He arrived in the UK in 1911 aged 18, returned briefly to Australia between 1919 and 1921, and lived and worked in Canada during World War One.

I think of Bloch as Swiss but he appears in a book on American Romantic Composers.
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