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ERNST TOCH  

(1887 - 1964)

Born into a middle-class Jewish family in Vienna, Ernst Toch was initially self-taught as a composer, learning from the works of earlier composers. In 1909 he was awarded the Mozart Prize and abandoned his Vienna medical studies to study music in Frankfurt. Appointed professor of composition at the Mannheim Musikhochschule, he won a significant place for himself in Germany as a composer, developing from a conservative style to something more approaching that of Hindemith. In 1933 he left Germany, where his music had been proscribed, and the following year moved to the United States, finally settling in Hollywood, where his music for the cinema provided a ready income. The lack of wider interest in his concert work in America brought disillusionment, but this did not prevent him composing seven symphonies, among other works, during the final years of his life.

Stage, Vocal and Orchestral Music

Toch enjoyed considerable success as an opera composer, before he left Germany. In America this could not continue. In 1921 he had set poems from Bethge's Die chinesische Flöte (The Chinese Flute), the textual source of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), for soprano and orchestra, using a form of recitative, and other works sometimes include spoken parts. His Cantata of the Bitter Herbs, based on the Passover Haggada, is scored for solo voices, narrator, chorus and orchestra. His symphonies often draw on extra-musical associations, sometimes indicated in their titles, as with Jephta, Rhapsodic Poem (Symphony No.5).

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Chamber Music - DORMAN, A. / SCHISSI, D. / TOCH, E. / TYWONIUK, D. / RACHMANINOV, S. (Vanish) (Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble) Yarlung Records
YAR15195
Chamber Music
GENESIS SUITE (1945) Naxos
8.559442
Orchestral
INTRODUCING THE WORLD OF AMERICAN JEWISH MUSIC Naxos
8.559406
Choral - Sacred
Piano Recital: Kessel, Susanne - RACHMANINOV, S. / BACH, J.S. / MILHAUD, D. / KRENEK, E. / HUPFELD, H. (Californian Concert) Oehms Classics
OC534
Instrumental
SAINT-SAENS / TCHAIKOVSKY / RACHMANINOV: Popular and Serious Music for Cello and Piano BIS
BIS-CD-72
Chamber Music
TOCH, E.: Chinesische Flote (Die) / RICHTER, M.: 2 Chinese Songs / Transmutation (Renzi, MGM Chamber Orchestra, Surinach, Ajemian) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81100
Vocal
TOCH, E.: Princess and the Pea (The) [Opera] / Das hassliche Entlein (Bruns) Capriccio
C67179
Opera
TOCH, E.: String Quartet No. 8 / Serenade, Op. 25 (Westwood String Quartet) (1958) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80881
Chamber Music
TOCH, E.: Violin Sonata No. 1 / Cello Sonata / Divertimento / String Trio / Adagio elegiaco (Spectrum Concerts Berlin) Naxos
8.559716
Chamber Music
TOCH: Cantata of the Bitter Herbs / Jephta Naxos
8.559417
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
TOCH: Miniature Overture / Peter Pan, Op. 76 / Notturno, Op. 77 / Symphony No. 5, Op. 89 First Edition
FECD-0035
Orchestral
TOCH: Piano Quintet / Violin Sonata No. 2 / Burlesken / 3 Impromptus Naxos
8.559324
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
TOCH: Tanz-Suite / Cello Concerto Naxos
8.559282
Chamber Music, Concertos
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Seawolf Altissimo
75442270202
Wind Ensemble/Band Music




 
 
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