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Ernest Bloch, World Famous Jewish Composer, Dies in U.S. Was 79

Ernest Bloch, world famous composer, died here today of cancer at the age of 79.

A Hebrew idiom prevailed in much of his musical works. Popular among Jews are his “Shlomo” and “Israel Symphony” and works like “Avodat Hakodesh,” a musical setting of the Sabbath morning service, and such compositions as the “Rhapsodie Hebraique”

He was born in Geneva and came to America in 1916. He was a director of the San Francisco Conservatory and Professor Emeritus of the University of California at Berkeley. He received the New York music critics circle award for orchestral music.