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Ernst Bloch: (1880-1959) Musician

 Ernst Bloch was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1880.  

 After several years traveling and living between America and war-torn Europe, Bloch eventually settled in New York where he taught at the David Mannes School of Music.  In 1920, Bloch became the first director of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and from 1925-1930 he headed the San Francisco Conservatory.

 Bloch spent time alternating composing Jewish and non-Jewish romantic works. Some of his Jewish works include Jewish poems for orchestra, Baal Shem and Abodah for violin and piano, and From Jewish Life for cello and piano.

Further Reading:

Quotes from Ernst Bloch   

Illuminations on Ernst Bloch’s philosophy

Mihal, John.,Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 10,1937‘Wisdom’s House’ Dwells in Hebrew Cultural Garden.