ENFANTINES – TEN PIECES FOR CHILDREN – 1923/24

Name of Work, Instrumentation (Orchestral Works), Dedicatee(s)

ENFANTINES – TEN PIECES FOR CHILDREN

(Suzanne Bloch, Mrs. F. B. Kortheuer, Lucienne Bloch, Ruth Edwards, Beryl Rubinstein, Dorothy Price, Eleanor Foster, Nathan Fryer, M. Edith Martin, Anita Frank, respectively. All but Suzanne and Lucienne were professors at the Cleveland Institute of Music.)

Medium: Piano

Named Movements: Lullaby – The Joyous Party – With Mother -0 Elves – Joyous March – Melody – Pastorale – Rainy Day – Teasing – Dream

Date Composed/Published: 1923/24

Length: 12′

Publisher Expiry of Copyright: Fischer 2019

Courtesy Cambridge University Press, Editors Alexander Knapp, Norman Solomon

Enfantines

Of the piano compositions from the Cleveland era, Enfantines, a set of cameos with pedagogical intent, reveals a side of Bloch not often encountered in the literature. At the lower intermediate level for the most part, the work contains Blochian features such as modality and bimodality, modal-tonal combinations, and meter and tempo fluctuations. Ternary form is the norm in these monothematic or bithematic miniatures. The titles are illustrated in the published score by the original drawings of the composer’s daughter Lucienne, then a teenager.

1. Lullaby (to Suzanne Bloch)

2. The Joyous Party (to Mrs. F. B. Kortheur)

3. With Mother (to Lucienne Bloch)

4. Elves (to Ruth Edwards)

5. Joyous March (to Beryl Rubinstein)

6. Melody (to Dorothy Price)

7. Pastorale (to Eleanor Foster)

8. Rainy Day (to Nathan Fryer)

9. Teasing (to M. Edith Martin)

10. Dream (to Anita Frank)

With the exceptions of Bloch’s daughters, those honored with a dedication taught piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music during his tenure there. Rubinstein, who achieved fame as a concert artist and who had served as a collaborative artist on concert tours with Ysaÿe, went on to become director of the institute for twenty years, 1932-1952.