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What We're Listening To: Ernst Bloch "Schelomo"

What We're Listening To: Ernst Bloch "Schelomo"

Ernst Bloch

On July 24th, 2016 we celebrate the 136th birthday of Swiss composer Ernest Bloch!

Bloch was a violinist from the age of nine, studying in Brussels with teachers such as Eugène Ysaÿe. Soon after, he began his composition studies and published his first work, Historiettes au Crépuscule for mezzo-soprano voice and piano, in 1903.

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What We're Listening To: Brahms Cello Sonata in E Minor

What We're Listening To: Brahms Cello Sonata in E Minor

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was a German composer and virtuosic pianist from the mid- late romantic era. He is considered one of the most influential composers in history alongside Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Being such a great pianist Brahms usually premiered his own works along side with other leading performers such as pianist Clara Schumann (1819-1896) and violinist Joseph Joachim (1831-1907).

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What We're Listening To: Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 "The American Quartet"

What We're Listening To: Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 "The American Quartet"

Antonin DvorakNicknamed the“American Quartet”, Antonin Dvorak wrote this in the summer of 1893 in Spillville, Iowa. He was on vacation with his family from his position as director at the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City. Spillville being a Czech immigrant community at that time, Dvorak found it to be home away from home.
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