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ERNST TOCH  

(1887 - 1964)

Ernst Toch was born into a Jewish family that had settled in Vienna, where he studied with Stocker and Fuchs at the Philharmonic Conservatory, and then at Vienna University. A scholarship brought study at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, followed by a career that established him as one of the leading composers in Germany. Invited as a distinguished guest to the Florence Maggio Musicale in 1933, he never returned to Germany; he moved to London, and then, at first on Bruno Walter’s invitation, to New York. He spent the rest of his life in America, where he held various teaching positions but was never able to regain his former eminence.

Vocal Music
Toch set poems from Bethge’s Die chinesische Flöte, which had provided texts for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. His Cantata of the Bitter Herbs of 1938 is based on the narrative of Passover.

Instrumental Music
Toch’s orchestral music includes seven symphonies, a Piano Concerto and a Cello Concerto. His chamber music includes 13 string quartets. In America, like many of his exiled compatriots, he wrote music for films, a task he was able to relinquish after 1945.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Cello and Piano Recital: Smith, Brinton Averil / Chen, Evelyn (Exiles in Paradise - Émigré Composers in Hollywood) Naxos
8.579055
Instrumental
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
HINDEMITH, P.: Symphony, "Mathis der Maler" / TOCH, E.: Symphony No. 3 (Pittsburgh Symphony, Steinberg) (1957) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81119
Orchestral
INTRODUCING THE WORLD OF AMERICAN JEWISH MUSIC Naxos
8.559406
Choral - Sacred
Piano Duets - MILHAUD, D. / SMIT, L. / TOCH, E. / SCHOENBERG, A. / (Der Ochse auf dem Dach und andere Verbote) (exil.arte, Vol. 3) (Haufe, Ahmels) Gramola Records
Gramola98892
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Zabner, Antoinette van - DEBUSSY, C. / FAURÉ, G. / GRANADOS, E. / MOMPOU, F. / POULENC, F. / RACHMANINOV, S. (Bridges to Beyond) Gramola Records
Gramola98829
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Zabner, Antoinette van - DEBUSSY, C. / FAURÉ, G. / GRANADOS, E. / MOMPOU, F. / POULENC, F. / RACHMANINOV, S. (Bridges to Beyond) Gramola Records
Gramola99131
Instrumental
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.: Piano Pieces (Kokits) Capriccio
C5293
Instrumental
TOCH, E.: Princess and the Pea (The) [Opera] / Das hassliche Entlein (Bruns) Capriccio
C67179
Opera
TOCH, E.: String Quartet No. 12 / String Trio, Op. 63 (Vienna String Trio, Zürich String Quartet) (1958) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80875
Chamber Music
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
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
TOCH: Tanz-Suite / Cello Concerto Naxos
8.559282
Chamber Music, Concerto
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Seawolf Altissimo
75442270202
Wind Ensemble/Band Music




 
 
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