She is a founding member of the new york teachers union, graduated from the Hunter High School, Wellesley College and the University of New York. She was also a translator and interpreter for the French government, professor of English and French literature at mamaroneck high school and other American institutions. This letter was written in a particular context. At new york, in early July 1933, ernest bloch fell in love with a beautiful journalist, sylvia glass. Finally, she found herself "too young" for him.
Here, the composer does not hide his affection: "No need to tell you, is it not, [.] that I am often with you, in thought. At the same time, to refine one of his master works, he played for four months the sacred service on the piano and gave lectures on this subject to new york, san francisco, los angeles and cleveland.
But he's the only one interested, because the American editors weren't ready. Moreover, at the beginning of this letter we find a certain rancour vis-à-vis the rich Jews whom he met during a tourist stay in the main: "[.] Rich Jews too - with their tapir noses, sports costumes, hunting knife on the side, half paralyzed, pain on the left, pain on the right, old "beasts", grotesque. And their wives, lashed, corsetated, with flabby breasts and grease fillets in cascades.This contempt can be explained by the fact that his sacred service, just composed, had just been rejected by the Jewish community. He then spoke at length about the love he felt for the United States, its nature, its beauties, and criticized "the stupid reactions of travellers." also blind and insensitive - and closed to beauty, to anything that is not valued in dollars and cents. Then, he evokes in a touching way his sensitivity and his malady reactions: "I had been vibrating, all the time - no let go - so many memories - so many comparisons - since I was here, I lived almost like a ghost, a returner. Every street, every detail, even insignificant, is a dagger - I put too much of myself into it.
Despite its success "friends surround me, celebrate me - receptions - radio-talks - interviews!] He confides totally in sylvia and mentions his "difficulties with regard to the editing of the service" and other projects. It also refers to houston stewart chamberlain, which is quoted twice in the letter. During the years 1911 and 1915, blockh gave 115 lectures on aesthetics at the conservatory of genève.
It is interesting to recall that these were followed, among other things, by basil chamberlain, brother of stewart houston chamberlain. In the spirit of bloch, it is not Hitler but chamberlain who represents the problem of anti-Semitism.
"The great books guide the movements of the world. Chamberlain's work, with his terrible anti-Semitism, had an immense, though unrecognized, influence on the rise of the nationalist movement, which is now crystallised into fascism.
Houston stewart chamberlain (1855-1927), who married the daughter of Wagner, eva, in 1908, is a link between Wagner and Bloch, as well as between 19th-century anti-Semitism and Nazism. In the 1910s, bloch had also personally known robert dildo, the French translator of the 19th century chamberlain genesis. He also states in this letter that he "reroutes the chamberlain aggravated and completed by r. By reading the book, "everything becomes more and more enlightened, for [him], by this book - which is the very basis of the Hitlerite movement - as the "kapital" is at the base of sovietism. At the heart of the particular version of the chamberlain of anti-Semitism was his conviction that the Jews had managed to maintain their own racial purity while contaminating the racial purity of other nations.
The British-German essayist is partly responsible for fomenting German anglophobia during the First World War and for the rise of Hitlerism in Germany. As for basil, he did not hesitate to express his appreciation and thanks to blockh at the end of the series of conferences. The composer witnessed the upheavals of his time. He testified to the evolution of a culture which he considered cruel, depraved, senseless and without court.
Anti-Semitism has always prevailed in Europe when he lived there, but it was the Second World War that plunged him into discouragement, while silenced his creative forces until the end of the war. In November 1933, he remained in New York to meet and host the famous Austrian composer arnold schönberg. On November 11, he wrote: "The poor man! Bloch then took part in a concert of the composers' league dedicated to schönberg which the Nazis drove out of Germany.
A few years later, block scores were part of the exhibition of "degenerate music" which opened in Düsseldorf on 22 May 1938, an exhibition organized by the Nazi propaganda minister. The loss of several members of his family in Nazi death camps has also led to deep wounds that have never healed. Also, his dream of a lifetime - that his music can bring peace and hope to humanity - has never reached its goal.
In this key letter to understand the composer's thoughts and resentments during this crucial period, it is all these events and the whole spectrum of emotions - from hatred to love - that are found in his writing. Notes: (1) in a postcard sent to sylvia glass (wellesley college, ma 02481), ernest block signa "hans sachs", by the name of the lyrical poet, considered the most gifted and famous meistersinger. This is the only one that has enjoyed a lasting reputation.
(2) ernest bloch did not wait for World War II to emigrate to the United States. He moved there in 1916 and worked with the company of the dancer Maud Allan. From 1917 he became professor of composition in Cleveland in the city's music institute, then in San Francisco where he was director of the conservatory between 1925 and 1930. It was not until 1924 that he obtained American nationality. (3) this is avodath hakodesh.Sacred service, for baritone, chorus and orchestra (1933), one of the composer's masterpieces. She wrote an article on ernest blockh in the Milanese newspaper ambrosiano of 27 July 1931 before visiting her in roveredo on 7 October. After the success of a first appearance on an Italian stage, organised by tibaldi, she became a devoted friend. But the translator was also one of the best friends of blockh. Met in 1903, he was the only critic who liked his symphony. Mill valley - cal - August 26, 1933. I really didn't expect a letter from you! And I was delighted that you have not forgotten hans sachs - and that his memory and that of his music keep you company among your rural dreams (1). Needless to tell you, isn't it, that mutuality is true and that I am often with you, in thought. Your letter is so alive! I find you there - with the greenness of your youthful reactions - nature, on the one hand - cosmic meditations - human fears, on the other, which pass by, without seeing, without feeling, spreading their mediocrity, their arrogance, their sufficiency of achievement!
- I know that - I spent, once, more than 10 years ago, by a similar "resort" in the maine (2), I believe near the rangeley lakes... And I remember the "tourists"..
also rich Jews - with their tapir noses, sports costumes, hunting knife on the side, half paralyzed, pain on the left, pain on the right, old "beasts", grotesque... And their wives, snagged, corsetated, with flabby breasts and greasy stuffs in cascades... I was vibrating, all the time - no let go - so many memories - so many comparisons - since I've been here, I've been living almost like a ghost, a comeback. Every street, every detail, even insignificant, is a dagger - I put too much of myself into it.. nothing has changed - except the people - similar to the pieces of a game of chess - always the same - but not their place, the values have changed - I alone, I have not moved - my line has continued, that is all - according to its direction - fossil here again.
I try to go through this. Also of a crazy originality - that the indigenes do not see! - No artist has understood, expressed this - hills, arches, flowers, light, everything is alive and characteristic here - even this terrible "fog", which invades the city every day, and makes it shiver - gloomy mist, of a mornific, implacable sadness, and who moved me to cry... But who understands this today?
Before trying to demolish his opponents or bring them back to reason, one must understand their real motives - the communists think that the crusade of h. Against the Jews is a "screen" - it is the opposite that is true.
But I do not want to poison this letter by this! And how are the loves? This is much more important to you! - and this will overwhelm everything else, some day - I only hope that you will still save your strong and original personality...
Against the middle, the "family", and... Self - but so much have succumbed to it - then [remember] always from the "warning" of the old h. My vows the best, my respect to your parents, and the very sincere friendship of yours. Mill valley (california), United States.Ernest bloch is an American composer, violinist, conductor and naturalized Swiss teacher. Sylvia glass goldfrank is an American professor. More information about ernest blockh. This is an authentic letter. Our letters are accompanied by a descriptive sheet including a transcript. The invoices and cards we issue are instead of a guarantee certificate. France free shipping private carrier on request. Shiltonson letters autographs & historical documents. This item is in the category "collections\letters, old papers\autographs\historical persons". The seller is "shiltonson-paris" and is located in this country: fr. This item can be shipped to the following country: whole world.