Ernst Toch

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Born: 7 December 1887 — Wien — Austria
Died: 1 October 1964 — Los Angeles — USA
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Ernst Toch was considered one of the great avant-garde composers in the pre-Nazi era, and like many other artists and musicians, went into exile when Hitler came to power.

He main instrument was the piano, and he was a pianist of concert stature. Much of his creative output aimed toward the piano. He was a self-taught composer, and in a America he came to instruct new generations of composers. This period lasted from 1934 to 58. His works often inhibits a humorous aspect (Bunte Suite (1929)). In 1930 he invented "Gesprochene Musik" (spoken music). He wrote music for films, symphonies, chamber music, chamber operas. He also wrote books dealing with musical theory: Melodielehre (1923) and "The Shaping Forces in Music" (1948).

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13 February 1956: Premiere of Peter Pan, in Seattle, USA.

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Dying days:
(1910) Maurice Ravel: Premiere of Ma Mère l'Oye for two pianos, in Paris, France.
(1958) Heitor Villa-Lobos: Premiere of Symphony no. 12, in Washington D.C., USA.
(1985) Alfred Schnittke: Premiere of Concerto Grosso no. 3, in Moscow, Russia.

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Sheet music for Toch

[details ←] 10 Concert Etudes Nos. 1-5, Op. 55, piano,
[details ←] The Juggler Op. 31, No. 3 from Three Burlesques, piano,
[details ←] Burlesques Op. 31, piano,
[details ←] Adagio Elegiaco, clarinet, piano,
[details ←] Geographical Fugue, choral, vocal,
[details ←] Sonate op. 47, piano,
[details ←] Five Pieces for Winds and Percussion, Op. 83 (score and set), percussion,
[details ←] Beginners Etudes 10 Op. 59
[details ←] Echoes from a Small Town, Op. 49, piano,
[details ←] Profiles, Op. 68, piano,
[details ←] Spiel, Op. 39
[details ←] Spiel, Op. 39
[details ←] 10 Concert Etudes Nos. 6-10, Op. 55, piano,
[details ←] 10 Recital Studies Op. 56, piano,
[details ←] Cello Concerto Op. 35, cello,
[details ←] Intermediate Piano Pieces Op. 57, No. 2, piano,
[details ←] Princess and the Pea, vocal,
[details ←] Symphony No. 2, Op. 73
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