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Ernest Bloch (July 24, 1880 – July 15, 1959) 

Ernest Bloch was a Swiss-born composer who is best known for his works in the classical and modern classical genres. He was born in 1880 and began studying music at a young age, eventually attending the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva. After completing his studies, Bloch traveled to Berlin to further his musical education and eventually settled in the United States.

Bloch's compositions are known for their use of traditional Jewish melodies and themes, as well as his incorporation of other cultural influences. He was also a pioneer in the use of microtonality, which involves using intervals smaller than a semitone in his music. One of his most famous works is the "Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque," a cello concerto that is based on the life of King Solomon.

Throughout his career, Bloch received numerous accolades for his contributions to music, including the gold medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He passed away in 1959, but his legacy lives on through his enduring compositions.