Ernest Bloch Study Group

Announcing the Bloch Study Group

May 12 Malcolm Singer on Yehudi Menuhin and Bloch and performance of the Sacred Service 

June 9 Alexander Knapp ‘Bloch’s relationship with the Viola’

[These sessions will take place on the second Wednesday of every month.] 

(in case you need them — The meeting ID is  987 1592 9073. The pass code is 415283)

09:00 Pacific time / 12.00 Eastern USA /  17:00 UK /  18:00 Western Europe /  19:00  Israel   

(The room will open 15 minutes early for greetings and socialising).

[Note: All past sessions can be viewed at the following link:]

The International Ernest Bloch Society (IEBS) is happy to announce the establishment of a Bloch Study Group. Jesse Rosenberg, who has been an active member on our 2020 IEBS Zoom meetings, has discovered a number of young scholars investigating aspects of the music of Bloch. He has kindly offered to host monthly sessions and has invited scholars, performers, commentators and conductors to give presentations on topics of particular interest to them, regarding Bloch’s life and work. Jesse, in collaboration with Alexander Knapp, has assembled a most interesting programme from January to June 2021.

January 13: Evan Pardi: Ernest Bloch’s Cello Suite #1: A Brief Contextualization, Analysis, and Performance on the Double Bass 

February 10: Aaron Klaus: Jewish Musical Markers in Ernest Bloch’s Proclamation

March 10: Joshua Friedlander: Ernest Bloch: A Native American Musical Journey

April 14: Jesse Rosenberg: Bloch’s reception in fascist Italy 

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Jesse Rosenberg joined the musicology faculty of Northwestern University, in 1998.  He is a specialist in Italian opera and has also published research on musical representations of Jewish identity, including “Guilt and Operatic Atonement in Post-Holocaust Italy.” Annali d’italianistica (2018), 235-259; “Race, religion, and Jewish identity in the operas of fascist Italy,” Journal of Jewish Identities (2017), 105-134; “Opera and Religion,” in Helen Greenwald, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Opera (2015); “An operatic rabbi: David Sichel and Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz”, in Damien and Alessandro Di Profio, eds., D’une scène à l’autre: L’opéra italien en Europe. II: La musique à l’épreuve du théâtre (2009), 411-428.

To initiate the series, Jesse has invited three young scholars who have focused on aspects of Bloch’s music to present their findings to us in January, February and March. (More details about them and their presentations below.) In April, Jesse will share his own studies on Bloch’s reception in Fascist Italy in the 1930s. In May, Malcolm Singer will talk about the relationship between Bloch and Yehudi Menuhin. In June, Alexander Knapp and colleagues will explore Bloch’s relationship with the viola.

These sessions will take place on the second Wednesday of every month, starting on Wednesday 13 January 2021. They will be held via Zoom at 09:00 Pacific time / 12.00 Eastern USA /  17:00 UK /  18:00 Western Europe /  19:00  Israel (The room will open 15 minutes early for greetings and socialising).

Jesse says: “We very much look forward to your joining for these sessions, no matter where in the world you may be. Together we will illuminate further aspects of Ernest Bloch’s life and music.”

IEBS Bloch Study Group programme 2021

 January 13:   Evan Pardi 

Title: Ernest Bloch’s Cello Suite #1: A Brief Contextualization, Analysis, and Performance on the Double Bass 

Abstract: The suite will be discussed against the background of Bloch’s interest in J S Bach (as evidenced in his manuscript copies of Bach’s music) and the significance of the cellist Zara Nelsova, as well as Bloch’s life in Agate Beach.  A motivic analysis will clarify the structure of the work, and introduce the challenge of transcribing it for double bass. 

Bio: Evan Pardi is a DMA candidate at Arizona State University in music performance. A double-bassist, Evan Pardi plays regularly with the Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and Arizona Broadway Theatre. Additionally, he maintains a broad interest in music beyond performance, including writings on 20th-century analysis, intellectual property issues, and double bass history. 

February 10:  Aaron Klaus  

Title:  Jewish Musical Markers in Ernest Bloch’s Proclamation

Abstract:  This presentation will provide an analysis of Bloch’s Proclamation for Trumpet and Orchestra (1955) grounded in “Jewish musical markers” — characteristic rhetorical gestures that represent a connection to Bloch’s Jewish roots.

Bio: Aaron Klaus’s research focuses on the interplay between Jewish music and identity from the mid-nineteenth century through the present. He holds multiple degrees in Trumpet Performance. 

March 10:  Joshua Friedlander

Title: Ernest Bloch: A Native American Musical Journey

Abstract: This presentation will focus on the various influences on Bloch’s Violin Concerto of 1938, with special emphasis on Native American influence.

Bio: Joshua Friedlander graduated from Florida State University with a Doctorate in Music, writing his treatise on Bloch’s Violin Concerto.  He is currently the music director for the Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra as adjunct professor at Centralia College, and is the strings teacher for the Centralia School District.  He lives in Olympia, WA with his wife and two sons.

Spring 2021 Events (details to follow)

April 14 Jesse Rosenberg on Bloch’s reception in fascist Italy 

May 12 Malcolm Singer on Menuhin and Bloch and performance of the Sacred Service 

June 9 Alexander Knapp ‘Bloch and the Viola’ a discussion with colleagues


140 years: 1880 to 2020

*Library of Congress selects this website! (See note below)

During pandemic Yo Yo Ma plays Ernest Bloch’s “Prayer” — FROM JEWISH LIFE

“Ernest Bloch Studies”

The paperback edition of “Ernest Bloch Studies” that Norman Solomon and Alexander Knapp co-edited in 2016 is now available through Cambridge University Press (CUP). We’re delighted that CUP has offered to bring it out in this far less expensive format! The discount price is $23.99. Ernest Bloch Studies_Flyer

London, England: International Ernest Bloch Society

[Cancelled] THE WORLD OF ERNEST BLOCH | Sunday, April 19, 2020 | [Cancelled]

Master Classes | Discussion | GALA CONCERT

A day exploring and celebrating the diversity of Bloch’s music with Bloch scholar, Dr. Alexander Knapp; a BBC Producer; and three internationally acclaimed musicians.

Dear Bloch friends,

On the occasion of the 140th anniversary of Ernest Bloch’s birth, we invite you to attend THE WORLD OF ERNEST BLOCH in London on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

We hope that young musicians will take the opportunity of participating in the Bloch masterclasses with such superb and esteemed artists, as Rivka Golani (viola), Raphael Wallfisch (cello) and Miriam Kramer (violin). All are well known for their interpretation of Bloch’s music. These artists will all be interviewed during the day by BBC producer, Rob Cowan. And perform in concert in the evening.

Please email to request flyers.  See more details and apply to participate in the masterclasses at

And apply to attend the day including the masterclasses, and gala concert in the evening at

Presented in partnership between the International Ernest Bloch Society and the Jewish Music Institute.

Best wishes, Geraldine Auerbach MBE

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This website is maintained in the spirit of collecting all things valuable to an international community interested in preserving the legacy of Ernest Bloch.

During his lifetime, Ernest Bloch was known as “The Man from Agate Beach.” During Bloch’s lifetime, Agate Beach had its own post office. Now, Agate Beach is the northern-most district of Newport, Oregon. Along Highway 101 is a wayside at 49th Street, where Woody Way and Gilbert Way come together

In 1976, in this same wayside, the Governor of Oregon along with Bloch’s three children dedicated an Ernest Bloch Memorial. The site of the memorial was several hundred feet from the house in which the Blochs lived from 1941 to 1963. Ernest Bloch died in 1959. Marguerite Bloch died in 1963.

In 2009, on the 50th anniversary of Bloch’s passing, the City of Newport designated the entrance to wayside as “Ernest Bloch Place.”

In 2017 the Oregon Department of Transportation named this wayside in the Agate Beach district — the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside.

On July 21, 2018, the larger Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside was formally dedicated, with the the 1976 Memorial being moved to and included in a new installation featuring a new monument, five benches, and an interpretive sign*, now referred to as Ernest Bloch Place.

This website is maintained by Dr. Frank Jo Maitland Geltner, the “Flamekeeper” of the Ernest Bloch Legacy Project — which is based in Newport, Oregon, the home of Ernest Bloch from 1941 to 1959.

*Copies of interpretive sign are available on request. The original (full size) is thirty-six by forty-eight inches; the copy (half size) is eighteen by twenty-four inches. Click on “KioskFinalPRINT” to view. A framed version is $60 plus shipping. A version suitable for framing is available for $30.00 (18 by 24 inches) plus shipping.

*Library of Congress selects Bloch website

In January 2020 The United States Library of Congress selected this website for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the Performing Arts Web Archive because it considered the site to be an important part of this collection and the historical record.
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