Ernst Bloch’s Rhapsodie Hebraique: “Schelomo”

Here’s an article about Schelomo, a beautiful piece for cello and orchestra by Ernst Bloch.

I played the piece as part of my junior recital at UIUC.   I chose Schelomo mostly out of fear and laziness;  Laurian Laufman was able to get the rest of the string faculty to agree that it would satisfy the concerto requirement and it seemed shorter than most of the alternatives.   It turned out to be not only a beautiful work (the recital itself enhanced by the piano accompaniment of Samir Golescu) but also not musically easy at all.  One never knows what one is getting into beforehand, now does one?

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