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Ernest Bloch ( 1880 - 1959 )

Swiss-American composer who emigrated to the United States in 1916 where he eventually became a U.S. citizen.

Ernest was born in Geneva, Switzerland on July 24th, 1880
He was tutored by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, composer and eurhythmics instructor. ( the science of rhythmic movement of the body )
Ernest also studied under Eugene Ysaye, a Belgian violinist.

Bloch wrote music about the Jewish people and their history.
Some of his acclaimed compositions are the 'Israel' Symphony for choral with orchestra; Avodath Hakodeshmeaning sacred service, and Shelomo for cello and orchestra.

His other works are two operas, Macbeth and Jezebel, and the Trois Poemes Juifs
In 1947 he was awarded the New York Music Critics Circle for his work Second Quartet