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Program Notes & Synopses

Enhance your patrons’ experience with notes that highlight the music’s humanity and illuminate its depths.

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Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1

Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1

60.00

583 words
note by Chris Myers

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Excerpt:

What do you do when your students openly question your curriculum? If you’re Ernest Bloch, you put your money where your mouth is.
 
The founding director of the Cleveland Institute of Music encountered skepticism from his students regarding the usefulness of “old” techniques (such as tonality and classical form) when writing music in the 20th century. Rather than merely debate the issue academically, the composer chose to prove his point by composing a new work using these techniques in a modern way.
 
At the first rehearsal, the school orchestra played through this new piece with evident enthusiasm, leading Bloch to shout triumphantly, “What do you think now? This is tonal! It just has old-fashioned notes!”

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