1950-1959

1950   

January 1950
The Concerto Symphonique is performed for its American première January 21 in New York (Radio City), by Ernest Ansermet at the head of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, with Corinne Lacomblé as soloist.
In spite of the imperfect radio reception here, it seemed excellent to him except he took the first movement almost two times slower than Bloch did—which forced them to stupidly cut the cadence which is so “organic”.

February 1950
He finished six Préludes pour orgue which Schirmer had requested.
Suzanne came for three days.  Her mother hadn't seen her since 1943.  Her concert in Portland was superb and truly interresting.
The Suite Symphonique is performed on February 6 in Paris in its French première (broadcast) by Edmond Appia directing the National Orchestra.

March 1950
He finishes the Marches Nuptiales which someone commissioned.
The Suite Symphonique is performed on March 16 in Florence in its second Italian performance by Edmond Appia directing the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

April 1950
He works a little on a work for the Juilliard School, a Concertino pour flûte solo, alto solo et cordes.

May 1950
Toscanini (83 years old) who is on a orchestra tour in the United States  plays on May 9 in Portland.  He indicated he wanted Bloch to attend “as his guest” which Bloch therefore couldn't refuse. 
Howard Taubman, music critic of the New York Times, who accompanied him, profits from this by interviewing Bloch. 

June 1950
He has been invited to Israel—at the government's expense—to direct the Service Sacré this summer.
Unfortunately it is impossible because of his courses at Berkeley which take place from June 19 to July 22.

July 1950
His teacher and friend, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, dies July 1.  Bloch refers to his memory during his courses, as he has done for years.  He will remain as an example of honesty and of health amid the  current  muddle.
His daily classes (from 9 to 11) interest him but make him very tired.
He survived his 70th birthday:  they celebrated at the University of Berkeley, at the Conservatory of San Francisco, at Lucienne's in Mill Valley...Innumerable letters and telegrams to which he hasn't been able to respond yet.

August 1950
In Agate Beach he finishes the Concertino pour flûte solo, alto solo et orchestre à cordes on August 30.
In London the BBC plays him often:
-the premier Concerto Grosso is performed on August 7 by Georges Enesco directing the Boyd Neel Orchestra.
-Baal Shem pour violon et orchestre is performed August 16 in its English première by the violinist Yfrah Neaman accompanied by Ian Whyte directing the BBC Scottish Orchestra.

September-October 1950
He restudies all of the program which he is going to direct at the Bloch Festival of Chicago in November, utilizing, the score in  hand, all of the records he owns (his as well as those of other orchestra heads!).
In Châtel in 1938 he wrote a pièce pour quatuor but it is only on October 4, 1950 that he was able to compose the seconde pièce pour quatuor which must  follow the first.
Voix dans le désert is performed on October 23 in New York by Thomas Scherman directing the Little Orchestra Society and the cellist Milton Prinz.
The Suite pour alto et piano is performed on October 28 in Washington by the violist Milton Katims accompanied by Kahn on the piano.

November-December 1950
A Bloch Festival is given in Chicago in honor of his 70th birthday during six days from November 28 to December 3 in the presence of his family and his friends.

Tuesday, November 28 at the Sholom Temple:
-Premier Quatuor by the Fine Arts Quartet.
-Premier Quintette avec piano by the same ensemble and the pianist Florence Kirsch.

Wednesday, November 29 at the Sinai Temple:
-Première Sonate pour violon et piano by Ludmila Bertlova and the pianist Florence Kirsch
-Voice in the Wilderness pour violoncelle et piano by George Sopkin and Florence Kirsch
-Second Quatuor by the Fine Arts Quartet.

Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1 at Orchestra Hall, Rafael Kubelik at the head of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays:
-Premier Concerto Grosso
-Suite pour alto et orchestre with Milton Preves, first violist of the orchestra.

Saturday, December 2 at the Orchestra Hall, Bloch directs the Chicago Symphony Orchestra:
-Deux Interludes Symphoniques de Macbeth
-Scherzo Fantasque pour piano et orchestre (world première) with Ida Krehm
-Schelomo with Zara Nelsova
-Suite Symphonique.

Sunday, December 3 at the Knickerbocker Hotel:  Large dinner in his honor with a musical program.

Monday, December 4 at the Covenant Club:  large banquet in the afternoon where all of the musicians are invited. 

What moved him the most  is the true understanding—on the part of people who don't know him—of his work and of him, the affection, the tenderness, the devotion of all.

His 70th birthday brings about numerous concerts which take place at this year's end.

In the United States:
Schelomo is performed twice:
-in Minneapolis on November 4 (Antal Dorati and Gregor Piatigorsky).
-in Washington on November 8 (Howard Mitchell and John Martin).
The Quatre Épisodes are performed on December 3 in New York by Thomas Scherman at the head of the Little Orchestra Society.
The Concertino is performed on December 8, in its world première in New York by Jean Morel directing the Juilliard School Orchestra, the violist Milton Katims and the flutist Arthur Lora.

In England:
The Suite pour alto et orchestre is performed at the BBC on December 5 and 14 by Charles Groves directing the BBC Northern Orchestra and Paul Cropper, first violist of the orchestra.

In Israel:
The Trois Poèmes Juifs are performed in December in Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem by Serge Koussevitzky directing the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

1951

January 1951
In Agate Beach, above the garage he sets up a “Studio”.  There is a large room, a bedroom, and a bathroom.  It is ideal.  Each morning he goes there for two or three hours.  Immediately, without transition, he is in another world—alone with the best of himself—and the music comes by itself.
At the head of the Portland Symphony Orchestra he directs his Trois Poèmes Juifs and the Suite Symphonique in two Oregon cities:  January 22 in Portland and January 23 in Salem.
Schelomo is performed January 31 in Baltimore by Reginald Stewart directing the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of Gregor Piatigorsky.

February 1951
He finishes five pieces for viola and piano of a Hebrew nature.  He will choose three to form a Suite  Hébraïque pour alto et orchestre.
The Trois Poèmes Juifs are performed February 1 and 3 in Cleveland by Georges Szell directing the Cleveland Orchestra.
Baal Shem pour  violon et orchestre is played by Charles Munch at the head of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the violinist Ruth Posselt February 2 and 3 in Boston, February 16 in Brooklyn (NY), February 17 in New York (Carnegie Hall).
In Italy, Schelomo is performed February 11 in Florence by Jean Martinon directing the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with the assistance of Massimo Amfitheatrof.
In England the premier Concerto Grosso is performed February 11 in London (Albert Hall) by Nicolai Sokoloff directing the London Symphony Orchestra.

March-April 1951
His health is bad:  he has a recurrence of spasmodic rhinitis and four blackouts in two months.
In spite of everything he finishes the Suite Hébraïque pour alto (ou violon) et orchestre.
Schelomo es performed on several occasions:
-in Washington March 21 by Howard Mitchell directing the National Symphony Orchestra and with the assistance of John Martin.
-in New York on April 5, 6, and 8 by Dimitri Mitropoulos directing the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and with the assistance of Leonard Rose.

May 1951
The “Three Choirs Festival” of the Emanu-El Temple of New York performs:
-May 4 the Préludes pour orgue played by Robert Baker
-May 6 the premier Concerto Grosso played by Léon Barzin at the head of the National Orchestral Association.
In England Baal Shem pour violon et orchestre is performed on May 1 in Birmingham by Rudolf Schwarz directing the CBSO and the violinist Ifrah Neaman.

June-July 1951
He arrives on June 11 in Berkeley where he is going to give his courses for the last time.
To celebrate the end of his courses some devoted friends organized a large concert on July 21 in San José (CA):  he listened to the Service Sacré with  his family.

August 1951
In Agate Beach they had a young violinist, Camilla Wicks, for a week.  She is a superior being and an enormous talent.  Marsick was right – in 1895 - “One must have gone to the Good Father's Conservatory.” 

September 1951
The records of Gregorian chants  sent by his niece transported him far from this Pacific Ocean.  Then he once again plunged into Bach's Fugues.
In England the Scherzo Fantasque pour piano et orchestre is performed on September 10 in London during a “Promenade Concert”, in its English première by Basil Cameron directing the London Philharmonic Orchestra and with the assistance of the pianist Iris Loveridge.

October 1951
A young pianist, Sophia Melvin, comes to spend a weekend in Agate Beach to study with him.
His second Quatuor is performed in Portland by the Italian Quartet, but he was unable to attend.
In England the BBC presents:
-Hiver-Printemps on October 20 under the direction of John Hopkins
-The premier Quintette on October 28 interpreted by the Chigiano Quintet.

November 1951
He sketches out the first movement of a third Quartet.
The premier Concerto Grosso is performed November 1, 6, and 10 by Rafael Kubelik directing the Chicago Orchestra during its tour.

December 1951
He finished with great difficulty the first movement of his troisième Quatuor.
The biologist Kitty Ponse then his son Ivan and his family have come for Christmas.
Then, it is Sidney Griller who arrived to study the last Quatuors of Beethoven with him.
The Concerto pour violon is performed on December 15 in San Francisco by Massimo Freccia directing the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the young violinist Teresa Vannin.

1952

January 1952
He finished the first two movements of a new Quatuor (the third) dedicated to the Griller Quartet.
The Concerto pour violon is performed on January 29 in San Francisco by Pierre Monteux directing the Symphony Orchestra of San Francisco and the violinist Teresa Vannin.

February 1952
Two to three hours of daily work exhaust him.  However he  finished the Scherzo of his Troisième Quatuor.
Israël is performed February 6 in Baltimore by Reginald Stewart at the head of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
In England the première Symphonie is performed February 9 and 10 at the BBC by Clarence Raybould at the head of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

March 1952
March 25, he finishes his troisième Quatuor.
At the end of March he receives the news that the American Jewish Congress awards him a prize of $1,000:  the Stephen Wise Award.
The Suite Hébraïque pour alto et piano is performed on March 3 as a world première in Chicago (Covenant Club) by the violist Milton Preves and the pianist Helen Brahm.
The Concerto Symphonique is performed March 6, 7, and 8 in San Francisco (local première) by Pierre Monteux at the head of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of Corinne Lacomblé. 
Israël  is performed on March 6 and 8 in Cleveland by Rudolph Ringwall directing the Cleveland Orchestra.
In England Schelomo is performed March 1 and 2 at the BBC by Vittorio Gui at the head of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Zara Nelsova (whom he nicknamed Mrs. Schelomo!)

April 1952
He receives a record of Israël recorded in Vienna by Franz Litschauer for the Vanguard company:   that human beings so far away, probably non-Jews were able to feel, to live the imponderables, that which can't be learned, details which one can't write of in black and white, it is a miracle...
In England, the Service Sacré is performed on April 3 in Hanley by Harold Gray directing the CBSO.

May 1952
In spite of a terrible state of fatigue he sketches out a new Concerto Grosso (the second).
The premier Concerto Grosso is performed May 3 in Chicago by Rafael Kubelik.

June 1952
He leaves for San Francisco by air where his old friend Ada Clement is slowly dying of a cancer.  He plays the slow movement of his troisième Quatuor for her.
In England the BBC broadcasts two of his works: 
-June 7 and 8 the première Symphonie directed by Clarence Raybould
-June 19 Hiver-Printemps directed by John Hopkins.

July 1952
Ada Clement passes away in the “Shack”, the hut of Mill Valley in California, surrounded by trees and hills which she loved so much, and not in a hospital, persecuted by doctors hopelessly trying to outwit nature.  It is thus that he himself would like to die

August 1952
He worked constantly every day, even at night and without fatigue!
He finished his second Concerto Grosso on August 1.  And he sketches out a new Concerto Grosso which will become in fact a Sinfonia Breve.
Ada is living in his heart.  He feels her presence.  He is certain that she helped him.  How?  He doesn't know.  Mystery.  But he feels it.  Now she is liberated from all the human sufferings and miseries.

September 1952
He is named “Professeur Eméritus de l'Université de Berkeley”.  It is rather flattering because he wasn't a full time professor.  And even more touching, at the unanimous request of the Music Department, they will continue to pay him the interest from the Stern Funds created in 1930—for the rest of his life which removes all worries for his old age.
At the end of September the Griller Quartet comes to Agate Beach for three days to study the troisième Quatuor with him which is dedicated to them and about which they are enthusiastic.

October 1952
Working continually, he finishes the first three movements of his Sinfonia Breve.
In England Voix dans le Désert pour violoncelle et orchestre is performed on October 4 and 5 at the BBC by Zara Nelsova accompanied by Rudolph Schwarz at the head of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

November 1952
He goes to Portland to meet Nicola Rossi-Lemeni who sings some fragments from Brois Godounov on November 7.  This admirable artist is going to interpret Macbeth in Rome next February.
He sketches out the finale of the Sinfonia Breve.
The Concerto Symphonique is performed in Boston November 28 and 29, then in New York on December 3 by Pierre Monteux directing the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Corinne Lacomblé.
In England Israël is performed November 8 at the BBC by Clarence Raybould at the head of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

December 1952
He finished the Sinfonia Breve on December 3, the most concentrated work he has ever written (it should last 18-19 minutes).
He also writes “In Memoriam”, a very short work (3 minutes) to the memory of Ada Clement...he almost sees Ada near him, with her marvelous smile.
The Deux Psaumes 137 et 114 pour soprano et orchestre are performed on December 8 in New York by Thomas Sherman directing the Little Orchestra Society and the singer Winifred Cecil.
In England the premier Concerto Grosso is performed December 9 and 10 at the BBC by Anthony Lewis at the head of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
In Switzerland the Scherzo Fantasque is performed December 24 on Radio Geneva as a Swiss première with Ernest Ansermet directing the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande and the pianist Jacqueline Blancard.

1953

January 1953
Leaves for Italy on the Saturnia which leaves New York on January 20.
In America the concerts of his works are on the increase:
-The Suite Hébraïque pour alto et orchestre is performed January 1 and 2 in Chicago in its world première by Rafael Kubelik directing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the violist Milton Preves.
-The troisième Quatuor is played on January 4 in New York in its world première by the Griller Quartet.
-Visions et Prophéties is performed this same day in Chicago by the American pianist Florence Kirsch.
-Baal Shem pour violon et orchestre is played on January 23 and 24 in Cincinnati by Thor Johnson at the head of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the violinist Sigmund Effron.
-The premier Concerto Grosso is performed January 31 in Baltimore by Massimo Freccia directing the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
In England the BBC broadcasts two of his works:
-The Concertino pour flûte, alto et orchestre à cordes on January 9 in its English première by Anthony Bernard at the head of the London Chamber Orchestra with the assistance of the flutist Geoffrey Gilbert and of the violist William Primrose.
-Hiver-Printemps on January 12 by John Hopkins directing the BBC Northern Orchestra.

February 1953
He is celebrated in Rome where they perform his works.
Macbeth is performed on February 19, 22, and 28 at the Rome Opera under the direction of Gianandrea Gavazzeni with the mezzo-soprano Gianna Pederzini and the bass Nicola Rossi-Lemeni in the title roles.
The Concerto Grosso No. 2 (in world première) and the Suite pour alto et orchestre are performed on February 24 by Roberto Lupi directing the Orchestra of the RAI with the assistance of the violist Lodovico Coccon.

March 1953
In Italy a Bloch Festival takes place on March 4 in Rome.
-Bloch directs the first part of the concert:  Suite Symphonique and Schelomo.
-Franz Litschauer directs the second part of the concert:  Israël.  Bloch would never have believed that Israël was so moving.  Finally a great director who knows and feels what Bloch is, what he was.  He feels he will be able to die in peace.
In America the première sonate pour violon et piano is triumphantly performed on March 3 in New York by Jascha Heifetz and Emanuel Bay.
In England numerous works are performed.
The Concerto pour violon is performed:
-March 13 in Birmingham by Harold Gray directing the CBSO and the violinist Raymond Cohen
-March 21 at the BBC by Sir Adrian Boult directing the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the violinist Raymond Cohen.
The Service Sacré is performed on March 24 in Westminster by Arnold Foster.
Israël is performed on March 26 at the BBC by Ian Whyte at the head of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

April 1953
At the beginning of April he comes back to America on the Liberté but a tenacious bronchitis obliges him to stay in bed during the trip.
In Memoriam which he composed to the memory of Ada Clement is performed in its world première on April 28 in San Francisco by Kurt Herbert Adler directing the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra.
In England the Concerto Grosso No. 2 and the Sinfonia Breve (in its world première) are performed on April 11 at the BBC by Sir Malcolm Sargent directing the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

May-June 1953
In his retreat at Agate Beach, he is still overwhelmed with fatigue, unable to work.
Every day he goes to polish agates for one or two hours.
In England the troisième Quatuor is played on June 14 in London (BBC studio) in its English première by the Griller Quartet.  They play it again in public on June 21 in the Festival Hall.

July-August 1953
He was able to get back to work again with difficulty and he finished the first movement of a new Quatuor (the fourth).

September 1953
He wrote the first three  movements of his fourth Quatuor.
In England the BBC broadcasts two of his works:
-The Suite Hébraïque pour alto et piano on September 11 interpreted by the violist Maurice Loban and the pianist Ross Pratt.
-The premier Concerto Grosso on September 26 interpreted by Walter Goehr directing the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
In Switzerland the Concertino pour flûte, alto et orchestre à cordes is performed on September 11 on Radio Geneva for its first Swiss performance by Edmond Appia at the head of the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande with the assistance of the flutist André Pépin and of the violist Aleardo Savelli.

October 1953
The Concerto Grosso No. 2 is performed on October 9 and 10 in Boston in its American première by Charles Munch directing the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The Deux Interludes de Macbeth are performed on October 30 and 31 in Philadephia by Eugene Ormandy at the head of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

November 1953
After incessant revisions, he finishes his quatrième Quatuor on November 5.  Then he begins the Symphonie pour trombone et orchestre.
In the United States numerous works are performed this month.
-The Concerto Grosso No. 2 is performed by Charles Munch directing the Boston Symphony Orchestra on November 10 in Cambridge (MA) and on November 24 in Providence (Rhode Island).
-Israël is played on November 11 in Washington by Howard Mitchell directing the National Symphony Orchestra.
-Schelomo is performed on November 26 and 27 in New York by Dimitri Mitropoulos at the head of the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Rose.
-The Sinfonia Breve is played on November 26 and 28 in Cleveland in its American première by Georges Szell directing the Cleveland Orchestra.  He receives a wonderful  letter from his former pupil, the composer Herbert Elwell, music critic of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
-The Suite pour alto et orchestre is performed on November 30 in New York by Thomas Scherman directing the Little Orchestra Society with the assistance of the violist Herbert Feldman.

December 1953
His friend Alex Cohen dies on December 17 as the result of a hemiplegia.  It is a very large loss.
In Italy, Macbeth triumphs in Trieste on December 3, 5, 8 and 10.
In the United States in spite of everything, his music is played more and he is surprised to see the royalties increase each year.
The Concerto Grosso No. 2 is performed by Charles Munch at the head of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on December 1 in Newark (New Jersey) and December 2 in New York (Carnegie Hall).
The Sinfonia Breve is played  in New York (Carnegie Hall) on December 10, 11, and 12 in its New York première by Georges Szell directing the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra.

1954

January 1954
His old friend Yehudi Menuhin came to visit them on January 9.  Bloch hadn't seen him since 1939.
For two months, Bloch is working on a new work for solo trombone and orchestra which the trombonist Davis Shuman commissioned.
Schelomo is played twice in the United States:
-In New York on January 11 by Léon Barzin at the head of the National Orchestra Association and Bernard Greenhouse.
-In Tulsa on January 25 by H. Arthur Brown directing the Tulsa Philharmonic.

February 1954
In the United States they play several of his works.
The première sonate pour violon et piano is played in New York twice in the same evening on
February 9:
-by Jascha Heifetz at the Brooklyn Academy, accompanied by Emmanuel Bay on the piano.
-by Camilla Wicks at Town Hall, accompanied by Brooks Smith on the piano.
The Sinfonia Breve is performed on February 16 in Philadelphia by Georges Szell directing the Cleveland Orchestra.
The deuxième Concerto Grosso is played February 27 and 28 in Saint Louis by Vladimir Golschmann at the head of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
In Israel the Concerto Symphonique is performed in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa by Walter Susskind directing the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with the assistance of the pianist Pnina Salzman.

March 1954
The Music Critics Circle of New York awards him two of their three honors:
-The troisième Quatuor as the best chamber music work
-The deuxième Concerto Grosso as best orchestral work
It is the first time that a composer is rewarded in two categories during the same year.
Schelomo is performed March 18 and 19 in Chicago by Fritz Reiner directing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of Pierre Fournier.
The deuxième Concerto Grosso is played March 26 in Minneapolis by Antal Dorati at the head of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra.
In England the Service Sacré is played and rebroadcast by the BBC on March 24 in Leeds by Malcolm Sargent directing the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of the baritone John Cameron.

April 1954
He finished the second movement of his Symphonie pour trombone et orchestre.
In the United States NBC broadcasts a Bloch Concert on April 25 on the occasion of the New York Music Critics Award:  Milton Katims at the head of the NBC Symphony Orchestra plays the two Concertos Grosso and Évocations.

May 1954
They had Bloch's former student with them, the composer Herbert Elwell...Bloch hadn't seen him since 1920!
In Switzerland the deuxième Concerto Grosso is performed May 19 at Radio Geneva by Ernest Ansermet directing the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande.


June 1954
On June 24 he finishes the Symphonie pour trombone (ou violoncelle) et orchestre.  He has been at it for six months and he is happy to have finished.
On June 29 he begins a troisième Concerto Grosso which, actually, will become the Symphony in E flat major (Symphonie en mi bémol majeur).
Finally his new agate polishing machine is working.  When he can't see any more where he is musically, instead of uselessly getting stuck on a questionable passage, he goes down into his little studio and he refreshes his mind for an hour.

July 1954
The quatrième Quatuor is performed by the Griller Quartet twice:
-in England on July 18 in London (Wigmore Hall) as a world première broadcast live by the BBC.
-In the United States on July 28 in Lenox (Massachusetts) in its American première under the auspices of the Berkshire Festival.

August 1954
After two months of work, he finishes the Scherzo of a new Concerto Grosso.
The Psaume 22 is performed on August 19 at the Hollywood Bowl by the baritone Robert Merrill accompanied by William Steinberg directing the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
In England the premier Concerto Grosso is performed August 4 at the BBC by Ian Whyte directing the BBC Scottish Orchestra.

September 1954
He finished the slow movement of his new work.
His friend Herbert Elwell who was supposed to come help him organize all of his pedagogical material for a possible publication has fallen gravely ill.
In England the BBC broadcasts two of his works:
-Hiver-Printemps on September 20, directed by John Hopkins at the head of the BBC Northern Orchestra (this work will be played again October 9 and 15 and November 24).
-the Suite Hébraïque pour alto et orchestre, in its English première on September 24 directed by Leo Wurmser at the head of the BBC Midland Orchestra with the assistance of the violist Maurice Loban.
In Switzerland Radio Geneva broadcasts two of his works:
-the Suite pour alto et orchestre, September 2, directed by Edmond Appia at the head of the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande with the assistance of the violist Lodovico Coccon.
-the deux Interludes Symphonique de Macbeth on September 22, directed by Edmond Appia at the head of the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande.

October 1954
He is going to hear his troisième Quatuor in Eugene where the University of Oregon is located and whose dean invited him with Marguerite.
A Bloch Concert is organized in New York on October 10:
-the Enfantines are played on the virginal by his daughter Suzanne.
-the Quatre Épisodes and the premier Concerto Grosso are performed by Emanual Vardi directing an orchestra made up of former members of the NBC Orchestra.
-the troisième Quatuor is played by the WQXR Quartet.
-the Suite pour alto et piano is played by the violist Emanuel Vardi and the pianist Miron Kroyt.
In England the Service Sacré is played and rebroadcast by the BBC on October 19 in Birmingham by David Willcocks at the head of the CBSO, with the assistance of the baritone Hervey Alan.
In Switzerland the Poème Mystique is broadcast on October 19 at Radio Geneva by the violinist Chil Neufeld accompanied by Lottie Morel on the piano.

November 1954
They had, unfortunately for only three days, the visit of the cellist Zara Nelsova, it was an enchantment for Bloch. 
Israël is performed November 17 in Washington by Howard Mitchell directing the National Symphony Orchestra.
Schelomo is played on November 24 in Atlanta by Henry Sopkin at the head of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of cellist Donovan Schumacher.
In France the Concerto Symphonique is performed November 6 at Radio France by Eugène Bigot directing the Radio Symphonic Orchestra with the assistance of the pianist Thérèse Cochet.

December 1954
While there is still time, he must burn the mass of letters and documents that he stupidly saved, so that when he is gone  they don't fall into the paws of these musicology idiots who distort  everything!
In the United States:
-the troisième Quatuor is played December 11 in Chicago by the Fine Arts Quartet.
-the deuxième Concerto Grosso is performed December 30 in Detroit by Paul Paray at the head of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
In England the Suite pour alto et orchestre is broadcast on the BBC December 29 by Ian Whyte directing the BBC Scottish Orchestra with the assistance of the violist Herbert Downes.
In Israel, Schelomo is played in December in Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem by H. Freudenthal directing the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with the assistance of Gregor Piatigorsky.

1955

January 1955
In Portland, Stravinski admirably directed, with a mediocre orchestra, a whole concert of Bloch's works.  No one is able to reveal his music as he can!  No superfluous gestures, no posturing  as do charlatan conductors.  During the supper which followed the concert he showed himself to be charming and affectionate as well as his wife to whom Bloch offered some agates which both of them admired.
In America his works are played much more often.
America is performed January 2 and 3 in Indianapolis by Fabien Sevitzky at the head of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
The deuxième Concerto Grosso is played January 9 in rochester by Erich Leinsdorf directing the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Baal Shem pour violon et orchestre is performed January 12 in Atlanta by Henry Sopkin at the head of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the violinist Robert Harrison.
Schelomo is played January 13 and 14 in Los Angeles by Alfred Wallenstein directing the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Gregor Piatigorsky.
In England the Suite Hébraïque pour alto et orchestre is performed January 26 at the BBC by Ian Whyte at the head of the BBC Scottish Orchestra with the assistance of the violist Maurice Loban.

February 1955
In the United States Schelomo is played February 8 in Baltimore and February 9 in Washington by Howard Mitchell directing the National Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of Gregor Piatigorsky.
In Switzerland Schelomo is performed February 7 at Radio Geneva by Ernest Ansermet at the head of the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande and Zara Nelsova.
In Israel the premier Concerto Grosso is played in February in Haifa by George Singer directing the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

March 1955
On March 8 he finishes the Symphonie en mi bémol (E flat) and he begins the Proclamation pour trompette et orchestre dedicated to Samuel Laderman.
In America the orchestra head Eugène Ormandy who directs the Philadelphia Orchestra finally discovered Bloch!!
He performs:
-Schelomo with the assistance of the cellist Lorne Munroe
-In Philadelphia March 18 and 19
-In Richmond March 21
-In Washington March 22
-In Baltimore March 23
-The deuxième Concerto Grosso in Philadelphia March 25 and 26.
In England the BBC broadcasts two of his works:
-The Service Sacré which is performed March 9 in London (Festival Hall) by Sir Malcolm Sargent directing the BBC Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of the baritone Bruce Boyce.
-Hiver-Printemps which is performed March 24 by Harold Gray at the head of the BBC Midland Orchestra.

April 1955
Reed College grants  him a “Doctorat Honoris Causa en Lettres” on April 17.  What especially touches him is that they booked  the Griller Quartet to play his first and his fourth Quartet for this occasion.
Eugène Ormandy performs the deuxième Concerto Grosso with the Philadelphia Orchestra
-In Washington April 12
-In Philadelphia April 18
In New York April 19
In England the Service Sacré is broadcast April 1 and 2 at the BBC by John Hopkins at the head of the BBC Northern Orchestra.

May-June 1955
He finished the Proclamation pour trompette solo et petit orchestre on May 17.
After having performed the deuxième Concerto Grosso on May 8 at Ann Arbor, Eugène Ormandy at the head of the Philadelphia Orchestra  plays it again during his European tour:
-In Brussels  May 17
-In Bordeaux May 21
-In Paris May 24.
In England the premier Concerto Grosso is performed May 29 at the BBC by Stanley Pope at the head of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

July 1955
His terrible fatigue makes him renounce the trip to Europe which he planned and all of the festivals that they organized here and there for his 75th year!
On this occasion his friends publish numerous articles, notably Olin Downes in the New York Times, Franz Walter in the Journal de Genève and Ernest Chapman in Tempo.
He undertakes a fifth Quartet but he doesn't hear his music here, the radio being impossible or almost.
In England to celebrate his 75 years the BBC broadcasts the Concerto pour violon on July 24 interpreted by John Hopkins at the head of the BBC Northern Orchestra and the violinist Ifrah Neaman.

August 1955
Olin Downes dies August 22 in New York.  He is an old and true friend – Boston 1917 – who leaves.  Solitude is developing, more and more.
He finishes the first movement of his cinquième Quatuor.

September 1955
Zara Nelsova spent a few charming days with them.  With her she had her recording of Schelomo and of Voice in the Wilderness.  Marguerite and Ernest found it excellent and Ansermet surpassed himself.
He finished – not without a thousand alterations – the second movement of the cinquième Quatuor.

October 1955
He finished the third movement (Scherzo) of his cinquième Quatuor and began the last movement.
They are thrilled by the recordings they received:  the four Quatuors interpreted by the Griller quartet.
He has prostate surgery October 28 in the Portland Hospital.
His friend Herbert Elwell wrote a nice article about Bloch in Musical Courier; another one appeared in Étude (less good).  Both of them publish the photograph with his Christ in front of him.
That will cost him stupid and outrageous letters from Jews!
In England the BBC broadcasts two of his works:
-the premier Concerto Grosso October 6 interpreted by Harold Gray at the head of the BBC Midland Orchestra.
-the Concerto pour violon October 21 and 22 interpreted by Eugène Goossens directing the BBC Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of violinist Ruggiero Ricci.

November 1955
After two weeks in the hospital he returns to Agate Beach and he recovers slowly.
The deuxième Concerto Grosso is played November 17 and 19 in Cleveland by George Szell at the head of the Cleveland Orchestra.

December 1955
Music is resting for the moment.  He profits from this by belatedly slowly liquidating the enormous correspondence and organizing his innumerable papers and letters, while destroying 95% - purified by fire!
In the United States Schelomo is often played to commemorate his 75 years:
-In San Francisco December 1 and 3 by Enrique Jorda and the cellist Zara Nelsova
-In Cleveland December 1 and 3 by Rudolph Ringwall and the cellist Leonard Rose
-In San Antonio December 11 by Victor Alessandro and the cellist Maurice Eisenberg
-In Kansas City December 13 by Hans Schwieger and the cellist Norman Hollander.

1956

January 1956
He had to go to Portland every two weeks to consult with the surgeon.  He is getting better slowly but all of this interrupts his work which he really has trouble getting back to: the finale of his fifth Quartet.
The Service Sacré is performed again – after twenty years – in San Francisco on January 8 by Edward Lawton directing the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of the baritone Stanley Noonan and of the Cantor Rinder as narrator.
Schelomo is played on January 20 and 21 in St. Louis by Vladimir Golschmann at the head of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of Leslie Parnas, first cellist of the orchestra.

February 1956
On February 24 he finally finishes his fifth Quatuor:  ten measures of coda tormented him for ten days!
Schelomo is played on several occasions in the United States:
-in Baltimore February 15 by Peter Herman Adler and the cellist Yves Chardon.
-in New York February 16, 17, and 19 by Dimitri Mitropoulos and the cellist Laszlo Varga
The Sinfonia Breve is performed February 16 in Rochester by Erich Leinsdorf.
The Poème Mystique is played February 18 in New York by Jascha Heifetz and Brooks Smith:
all of the press believes that it is a première of this work, neglected for thirty years!
The deuxième Concerto Grosso and the Suite pour alto et orchestre are played February 27 in Portland by Theodore Bloomfield with the assistance of the violist William Primrose.  Bloch attends this concert accompanied by Suzanne.
A Bloch concert is organized February 27 in the Cleveland Institute of Music:
-Service Sacré directed by Reuben Caplin with the assistance of the baritone Irvin Bushman
-Premier Concerto Grosso and Quatre Épisodes directed by Marcel Dick.
In Switzerland the Suite Symphonique is performed Febraury 23 at Radio Geneva by Edmond Appia at the head of the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande.
In England the Symphonie en mi bémol (E flat) is performed in its world première February 15 in London by Efrem Kurtz directing the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

March 1956
He works at a première Suite pour violoncelle solo requested by Zara Nelsova.
In England the Service Sacré is performed March 15 in London by Sir Adrian Boult directing the London Philharmonic Orchestra with the assistance of the baritone Martin Lawrence.

April 1956
He finishes the première Suite pour violoncelle solo April 5 and he begins the seconde Suite pour violoncelle solo which will be finished April 28.  These two Suites are dedicated to Zara Nelsova.
The symphonie pour trombone et orchestre is performed as a world première April 4 in Houston (Texas) by Leopold Stokowski with the assistance of the trombonist Davis Shuman to whom the work is dedicated.
In France the premier Concerto Grosso is performed April 2 on Radio France by Jean Ruggiero directing the Orchestra of the ORTF.

May-June 1956
He is stuck in bed because he had to move and saw a large tree which fell during the last storm.  The X-ray detects a fractured vertebra which necessitates wearing an orthopedic corset for six months and forces him to give up his planned trip to Europe.
In England they broadcast several of his works on the BBC:
-the deuxième Concerto Grosso and the Sinfonia Breve are performed May 16 by John Hopkins directing the BBC Northern Orchestra.
-Baal Shem pour violon et orchestre is performed June 10 by Hugo Rignold directing the Liverpool Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of Ifrah Neaman.
In France the premier Concerto Grosso is played June 28 in Paris by Louis Fourestier at the head of the French National Orchestra and rebroadcast by Radio France.

July-August 1956
He is very distraught and he has no liveliness.  Every day he cuts and polishes some new agates;  that “distracts” him.
For two days they had the visit of one of his former Berkeley students, the pianist Margaret Tilly who is going to play his Sonate pour piano in Europe.
On August 31 he finishes a Suite Modale pour flûte et piano started six weeks ago and dedicated to the flutist Elaine Shaffer.

September-October 1956
On September 5 he is taken by ambulance to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland for a myocardial infarction.
In England they play several of his works:
-The Service Sacré is performed September 6 in Gloucester by Herbert Sumsion directing the London Symphony Orchestra and with the assistance of the baritone Hervey Alan.
-The Symphonie en mi bémol is performed September 26 at the BBC by Ian Whyte at the head of the BBC Scottish Orchestra.
-The quatrième Quatuor is played October 9 in Birmingham by the Griller Quartet.
In Switzerland Radio Geneva broadcasts:
-the Sinfonia Breve September 5 directed by Edmond Appia at the head of the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande
-Helvetia October 17 directed by Ernest Ansermet at the head of the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande.

November 1956
He returns to Agate Beach but still a cripple:  the least excitement gets his heart off kilter which  beats too fast or irregularly.
The Symphonie en mi bémol is performed in its American première  November 9 and 10 in Cincinnati by Thor Johnson directing the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
The cinquième Quatuor is performed in world première in Duisburg in Germany in the fall of 1956 by the Griller Quartet.
The Sonate pour piano is performed November 12 on Radio Geneva by Margaret Tilly.

December 1956
He was able to get up to his Studio, resting every three stairs, and correct the drafts of the Suites pour violoncelle solo No. 1 and No. 2.  Ernest Bloch becoming an “Andante molto moderato”, that makes him laugh himself. 
The première Sonate pour violon et piano is played December 8 in New York by Joseph Szigeti and Carlo Bussotti.
In mid-December he begins a troisième Suite pour violoncelle solo.
They receive the visit of their friend Nettiemae at the end of December.


1957

  
January 1957
On January 21 he finishes his troisième Suite pour violoncelle seul.
Suzanne spent six too short days with them.
The Concertino is performed in its version for flute and clarinette on January 23 in New York by Clayton Westermann at the head of the New York Symphonia with the assistance of the flutist Samuel Baron and of the clarinetist David Glazer.
Schelomo is played January 29 in Providence (Rhode Island) by Charles Munch directing the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gregor Piatigorsky.
The Fifth Quartet is performed January 30 in New York in its American première by the Griller Quartet.
In England they play two of his works:
-The premier Concerto Grosso January 13 in Manchester and February 1 in Bradford interpreted by John Barbirolli at the head of the Hallé Orchestra.
-The Concerto Symphonique pour piano et orchestre January 31 in Birmingham, interpreted by Harold Gray at the head of CBSO and Valda Aveling on the piano.

February 1957
He begins the second Quintette avec piano.  He makes progress very slowly, like a snail:  one or two hours in the morning and he is done for the rest of the day.

March 1957
The Suite Modale pour flûte et piano is performed March 10 in New York in its world première by the flutist John Wummer and the pianist Leonid Hambro.
The première Sonate pour violon et piano is played March 18 in Berkeley by Joseph Szigeti and Carlo Bussotti.

April 1957
He finishes the first movement of a second Quintette avec piano.
Macbeth, in the vocal and piano version, is performed in Cleveland in its American première by the Karamu Theater.

May 1957
He receives the Henry Hadley Medal awarded by the “National Association of Composers and Conductors” for distinguished  services rendered to American music.
In England the BBC broadcasts two of his works:
-Schelomo May 26 interpreted by Zara Nelsova accompanied by Norman Del Mar at the head of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
-The première Suite pour violoncelle solo May 28 in its world première  interpreted by Zara Nelsova.

June 1957
He finishes the second movement of his second Quintette avec piano.  It lasts six minutes and took him two months!I
In England the Suite Modale pour flûte et piano is performed June 27 in London (Wigmore Hall) in its European première by the flutist Elaine Shaffer and the pianist Bela Siki.

July 1957
On July 18 he finishes his second Quintette avec piano:  five months of hard work for a work which lasts 20 minutes.
Then at the end of July he orchestrates the Suite Modale.
The Griller Quartet comes to play the Fifth Quartet for him.
In England Schelomo is broadcast July 4 on the BBC interpreted by Dimitri Mitropoulos and Lazlo Varga.

August-September 1957
He begins a new work for flute and orchestra which will become “Two Last Poems”.
Queen Elizabeth of Belgium sends him a charming and cordial letter commissioning a Concerto pour violon from him destined for the 1959 violin Competition which bears her name.  Unfortunately, he must turn it down. 
In England they perform two of his works:
-The Service Sacré September 2 in Worcester in the setting of the Three Choirs Festival interpreted by David Willcocks directing the CBSO and the baritone Hervey Alan.
-The Symphonie en mi bémol September 18 at the BBC interpreted by Ian Whyte directing the BBC Scottish Orchestra.
In Switzerland, Évocations is performed September 25 on Radio Geneva by Edmond Appia at the head of the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande.

October 1957
He has to give up going to Europe to see his sister again and to attend the première of Macbeth in November in Brussels.  The little strength he has remaining goes to his work.
At the beginning of October he finishes the first part of his new work for solo flute and orchestra.
In Israel:  Schelomo is performed October 2 in Tel-Aviv by Leonard Bernstein directing the Philharmonic Orchestra of Israel with the assistance of cellist Paul Tortelier.
In the United States:  Israël is performed October 15 in New York by Izler Solomon at the head of the Symphony of the Air.
In England the deuxième Suite pour violoncelle seul is performed on the BBC in its world première October 20 by Zara Nelsova.
In Italy the première Sonate pour violon et piano is performed October 26 in Florence by Issac Stern and Alexandre Zakin.

November 1957
He has digestive problems but the rest isn't going too badly.
In Belgium Macbeth is created November 9 in Brussels at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.
The orchestra is directed by René Defossez; Jean Laffont and Huberte Vecray share the title roles.  He receives a very enthusiastic cable from Queen Elizabeth of Belgium.
In France during the first International Congress of Jewish Music which is held in Paris Charles Bruck directing the Orchestre Colonne  on November 13 gives the two first French performances:
-The Proclamation pour trompette et orchestre with the assistance of the trumpet player Ludovic Vaillant.
-The Sutie Hébraïque pour violon et orchestre with the assistance of the violinist Miriam Solovieff.
In the United States the Proclamation pour trompette et orchestre is performed November 18 in New York by Thomas Scherman directing the Little Orchestra Society and the trumpet player Robert Nagel.

December 1957
Zara Nelsova came for a day and played for him the seconde Sutie pour violoncelle seul.
He is stalled on the second movement of his new work for plute and orchestra.
The Symphonie pour trombone et orchestre is performed December 7 in New York by Siegfried Landau directing the Brooklyn Philharmonia with the assistance of the trombonist Davis Shuman to whom the work is dedicated.
The Concerto pour violon et orchestre is performed December 12 and 13 in New York by Yehudi Menuhin accompanied by Fernando Previtali directing the New York Philharmonic.  The press declares itself consternated by the fact this work has been  neglected for 20 years!

1958

January 1958
The doctors have diagnosed a cancer of the rectum (like Debussy...), but he escaped from the Portland Hospital three days before the horrible operation on which they had decided.  Ivan took them back to Agate Beach so his father is able to finish the work  in progress for flute and orchestra which will be finished January 22.
He finds the title he has been looking for so intently:  “Two last Poems” (May be...) for solo flute and orchestra.
1.Funeral Music
2.Life again?...
3.Coda:  Acceptance
and that reflects his feelings exactly.
Yehudi and Diana Menuhin came to see him on January 14 – from Portland, six hours by car for the round trip – to spend two very touching hours with them and to commission a work for solo violin.
In the United States Schelomo is performed January 21 in New York by Léon Barzin at the head of the National Orchestra and with the assistance of the cellist Maurice Gendron.
In England the Proclamation pour trompette et orchestre is performed January 25 on the BBC, in its English première by Sir Malcolm Sargent directing the BBC Symphony Orchestra and with the assistance of the trumpet player William Overton.

February 1958
At the hospital he undergoes a radiocobalt treatment and he he tries to continue the work for solo violin that Yehudi Menuhin commissioned from him.
Schelomo is performed February 7 and 9 in Pittsburgh by William Steinberg at the head of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Zara Nelsova.
The Psaume 137 and an excerpt from the Service Sacré are played February 23 in Baltimore by Massimo Freccia with the assistance of the soprano Phyllis Frankel.
The Fifth Quartet is performed February 21 in San Francisco by the Griller Quartet.
In Italy, the premier Quintette is played February 22 in Florence by the Chigiano Quintette.

March 1958
He spends three-fourths of his time on his bed, rereading Balzac!  He died at age 50, Beethoven at 57 years, Debussy at 58 years...Therefore he has nothing to complain about!
The Service Sacré is performed on March 27 and 28 in Atlanta by Henry Sopkin directing the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and with the assistance of the baritone Haskell Boyter.
The Sinfonia Breve is played March 28 and 29th in Cincinnati by Thor Johnson at the head of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
In England the Symphonie pour trombone et orchestre is played, in its English première, March 18 in Birmingham by Rudolf Schwarz directing the CBSO and with the assistance of trombonist Denis Wick.

April 1958
He is doing much better and on April 17 he finishes a première Suite pour violon solo for Yehudi Menuhin.
The deuxième Quintette avec piano is performed April 15 in its world première at the University of California at Berkeley.
The première Suite pour violoncelle solo is played April 22 in New York by Daniel Vandersall.
In England two of his works are performed on the BBC:
-The Suite Modale pour flûte et piano on April 22 interpreted by Elaine Shaffer and the pianist Bela Siki.
-Baal Shem pour violon et piano on April 29 interpreted by Michael Davis and the pianist Joséphine Lee.

May 1958
He undergoes a second treatment of cobaltotherapy at the Portland Hospital.  But he is so overwhelmed by fatigue that they let him return May 30 to Agate Beach.
The Service Sacré is performed May 4 at Ann Arbor by Thor Johnson directing the Philadelphia Orchestra and with the assistance of the baritone Martial Singher.
The Suite Modale pour flûte et orchestre is played May 11 in New York by Ugo Di Dio at the head of a chamber orchestra and with the assistance of Frances Blaisdell on the flute.

June 1958
He tries to fiinalize a seconde Suite pour violon seul.  Yehudi Menuhin is delighted with the première Suite pour violon seul and he is going to play it everywhere.
In England the Suite pour alto et piano is performed June 1 in London by Ernest Wallfisch and the pianist Lory Wallfisch.
In Italy Israël is performed June 28 at the RAI of Turin by Adler directing the Symphonic Orchestra of the RAI.

July 1958
On July 21 he finishes a seconde Suite pour violon seul destined for Yehudi Menuhin.
In France Visions et Prophéties is broadcast July 30 by Radio France, interpreted by the pianist Harriet Cohen.

August 1958
He began a Suite pour alto solo.  He finishes the first three movements on August 14 but there is a fourth which is only sketched out.
He has an operation for rectal cancer August 29 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland (Oregon).

September to December 1958
He survived but he stopped all correspondence and all work:  the Suite pour alto solo will remain unfinished.
However, several concerts devoted to his works take place.
In the United States:
The Deux Interludes Symphonique de Macbeth are played October 17 and 18 in Cincinnati by Thor Johnson at the head of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Schelomo is performed by Richard Burgin directing the Boston Symphony Orchestra and with the assistance of cellist Samuel Mayes on five occasions:
-October 23 and 25 in Boston
-December 16 in Cambridge (Massachusetts)
-December 23 in Boston
-December 30 in Providence (Rhode Island).
A “Tribute to Bloch” to commemorate his 78th birthday is given November 16 and 17 in New York by Thomas Scherman directing the Little Orchestra Society:
Quatre Épisodes pour orchestre de chambre
Suite Modale pour flûte et orchestre with the assistance of the flutist Murray Panitz
Voix dans le Désert with the assistance of the cellist Zara Nelsova
Suite Symphonique.
In England the BBC performs:
Baal Shem pour violon et orchestre on two occasions.
-October 13, interpreted by Max Rostal whom Ian Whyte at the head of the BBC Scottish Orchestra accompanies
-November 16 interpreted by Ifrah Neaman whom Rudolf Kempe at the head of the BBC Symphony Orchestra accompanies.  
Hiver-Printemps November 7
The Service Sacré December 22
In Italy:
The world première of “Two Last Poems” for flute and orchestra is performed October 5 in Naples by Efrem Kurtz directing the Orchestra of the San Carlo Theater and with the assistance of the flutist Elaine Shaffer Kurtz to whom the work is dedicated.

1959

January-February 1959
During his concert tour in Oregon, Joseph Szigeti meets Bloch.  On January 21 Szigeti plays the première Sonate pour violon et piano in Portland and on this occasion the arts commission of the city of Portland awards to Bloch a “Certificate of appreciation”.
England continues to honor the composer:
-The première Suite pour violon solo is performed in its world première January 2 in London by the young Argentinian violinist, student of Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy.
-Schelomo is performed January 4 on the BBC by Sir Malcolm Sargent directing the BBC Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of Zara Nelsova.
-Israël is performed January 19 on the BBC by Ian Whyte directing the BBC Scottish Orchestra.
In the United States, the Service Sacré is played January 24 in Syracuse (NY) by Helen Hosmer with the assistance of baritone Harold Lerner.

March-April 1959
Suzanne Bloch visits her father who reads  passages of Rabelais to her!
In the United States Schelomo is performed five times by Charles Munch directing the Boston Symphony Orchestra with the assistance of cellist Samuel Mayes:
-in Boston March 1
-In Northampton (Massachusetts) March 9
-in Baltimore March 12
-in Brooklyn (NY) March 13
-in New York (Carnegie Hall) March 14
In Israel the Concerto pour violon is performed in its Israeli première March 5 in Jerusalem then at Tel-Aviv by Yehudi Menuhin accompanied by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Jean Fournet.
In France Abodah and Baal Shem for violin and piano are broadcast March 11 at Radio France by the violinist Ignace Speiser and the pianist Nadine Desouches.

May-June 1959
In Switzerland the deuxième Concerto Grosso and the Sinfonia Breve are performed May 20 at Radio Geneva by Ernest Ansermet directing the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande.
In England the deuxième Suite pour violon solo is performed in its world première June 27 at the Festival of Aldeburgh by Yehudi Menuhin.

July 1959
Ten days before his death the composer asks his daughter Suzanne to read to him some pages from the Malade Imaginaire by Molière.
His last wish was to see some photos of the Milky Way and some galaxies again.
He died July 15, 1959 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland.
Suzanne was witness to his death:
“His death was simple, as simple as the end of slow movements of his quartets, each thing falling into place, in the ultimate peace so much desired.” 


1963


Marguerite Bloch continued to live in the Agate Beach house until her death in 1963.


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