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Is Ernest Bloch a Swiss composer or American composer?


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« on: December 14, 2016, 09:17:11 am »


This is debatable: "And his most acclaimed and influential works, which established him among the great composers of Romantic era music, were completed or drafted before he left Russia."  Some would say his mature works are masterpieces whereas his early works are derivative (though finely composed).

Well, some might say that. I doubt that the vast majority of classical music listeners would say that. His reputation, popularity and influence were already well established by the time he got round to writing the Paganini Variations, the Symphonic Dances and his 3rd symphony.

His most popular works are the 2nd and 3rd concertos, and the 2nd symphony. The 3rd symphony is the least performed of the three, and the 4th piano concerto is hardly ever played. Towards the end of his life, he regarded himself as "written out".

And yet, although he was writing far fewer works by then because he was spending most of his time as a pianist, he was anything but, as the Symphonic Dances alone demonstrate to perfection; interesting, though, that his leaving Russia meant no more songs...

Schönberg/Schoenberg said that he wished to be remembered not as a 12-tone composer but as a 12-tone composer, mindful of which I respond in this thread not as a Scottish composer but as a Scottish composer.

But of course this isn't principally about Rachmaninoff, Schönberg/Schoenberg or Scottish composers but about Bloch, whom some might describe as a Jewish composer, perhaps more often than Alkan is described as such (although at least there's no doubting that he was French)...
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