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Swiss-born Bloch, a pupil of Eugène Ysaÿe, emigrated to the United States in 1916. Written in 1926, two years after Bloch had become an American citizen, America: An Epic Rhapsody, is the composer’s tribute to his adopted country. This romantic and patriotic score vividly surveys the history of the US from the native American melodies of pre-colonial days to the modern era of 1920s jazz and beyond. The Concerto Grosso No 1 is a bold statement which unites the eighteenth century concerto grosso form with a modern tonal language.
Ernest Bloch: America: an Epic Rhapsody
I. 1620: The Soil - The Indians - (England) - The Mayflower - The Landing of the Pilgrims
II. 1861-1865: Hours of Joy - Hours of Sorrow
III. 1926: The Present - The Future (Anthem)
Ernest Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1
I. Prelude: Allegro energico e pesante
II. Dirge: Andante moderato
III. Pastorale and Rustic Dances
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