Bloch Finishes Score for Reform Service
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Bloch Finishes Score for Reform Service

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Ernest Bloch, famous composer of Jewish music, has completed, after two years of intensive work, a new musical setting for the services in reformed synagogues and the composition is ready for its premiere.

This was made known by Cantor Reuben R. Rinder of Temple Emanu-El, president of the Society for Advancement of Jewish Music, who two years ago conceived the idea of writing new music for reform Jewish services and asked Bloch to prepare the scores. Bloch was then director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The new service is scored in full orchestra, mixed chorus and baritone cantor soloist but an alternate version substituting organ for orchestra will be available.

The text is in Hebrew. Bloch, on beginning the work, had only a slight knowledge of the language and spent months studying it before even beginning to compose. The score in parts is intensely dramatic.

Cantor Rinder plans to have the premiere take place simultaneously in Temple Emanu-El here and in Temple Emanu-El, New York City, at a date to be announced shortly.

Bloch is now in Switzerland.

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