'From Jewish Life: Music of Ernest Bloch' with Yevgeny Dokshansky, clarinet | Richard Masters, piano
January 1, 2021
May 1, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Ernest Bloch composed many works for string instruments, but did not compose any solo music for the clarinet. Prof. Dokshansky has thus transcribed a number of Bloch’s string pieces for the clarinet: Suite Hebraique (originally for viola); Meditation and Processional (originally for viola); From Jewish Life (originally for cello); and Suite (originally for viola).
Bloch’s compositional style was heavily influenced by the type of music he heard as a child during religious services in the Beth Yaakov Synagogue in Geneva. These new transcriptions expand the clarinet and piano repertoire, and also give clarinetists access to the uniquely Jewish soundworld of Ernest Bloch.