|ORCHESTRA: Romantic Piece; music for film, Surf atid Seaweed; Piano Concerto.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC: Gods; String-Quartet; Serenade.|
|THEATRE: Triple-Sec (opera-farce); Parabola and Circula (one-act opera); Cain (ballet); Harpies (one-act opera); The Codemned (opera for four choruses).|
|Songs, pieces for piano, etc.|
About Marc Blitzstein:
Melos 9:529December 1930; Musical Courier 107:6September 16, 1933.
"We pay tribute to a musical temperament so deeply sincere, so distinguished, so richly articulate, that all who love music as a living and motile art must hold their heads a little higher because of him."--LAWRENCE GILMAN
ERNEST BLOCH, the foremost living exponent of modern Hebrew music, was born on July 24, 1880 of Swiss-Jewish parentage. "My birthplace?" he writes, "Geneva, the home of my father, and my father's father. My career has been quite uneventful. As a child, I made a vow to myself that I would become a composer. I wrote the vow on a scrap of paper, buried it under a mound of stones, and built over it a bonfire. To have broken that vow would have been sacrilege!
"At Geneva, I studied with Jacques Dalcroze. When I was sixteen I left home for Brussels, where I studied with Ysaye. I spent three years in Brussels, and then traveled into Germany to absorb the classical forms. My master there was Ivan Knorr, at Frankfort-on- the-Main. He was a profoundly great pedagogue. He taught me the greatest thing of all--he taught me to teach myself. . . . It was at this time that I met my wife in Frankfort. After that I went to Munich and studied a little with Thuille. I composed my first symphony in Munich, and then went to Paris."____________________