Music: Tribute in Absentia

The formidably bearded Swiss musician first came to the U.S. as an orchestra leader, accompanying a dancer. When her tour folded, he wound up in Manhattan, where he used to impress friends by accompanying himself on the piano while he sang passionate cello passages from his own Schelomo. That was 30 years ago.

Last week, Manhattan's Juilliard School of Music and the League of Composers combined to pay tribute to Composer Ernest Bloch. Juilliard faculty members and students played his rich, rhapsodic chamber music and orchestral compositions (including the now famed Schelomo) in a...

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