Poems of the Sea
Listening: Bloch – Poems of the Sea
Poems of the Sea – London Symphony Orchestra
Poems of the Sea – Full Score (All Three Movements)
(you don’t have to be able to read the notes on the page, instead, react to the shapes you see from the notes written on the page).
Original Version for Piano - Performed by William Corbett-Jones
1. What are your overall impressions of the piece? How does it make you feel? Do you like it? Dislike it?
2. This piece was originally written for piano. Is his depiction of the sea more vivid with an orchestra or a piano?
3. Try focusing on different aspects of the music such as rhythm (steady or irregular), melody (singable or not singable), texture (block of sound, bursts of sound, dots of sound, or does it sound like a crowded room with everyone talking), or visual (orchestra playing vs watching the score). If you’re unsure about any of these, don’t worry! We will talk about them in more detail.
4. Some state that Bloch presents “different interpretations of coping with the sea: a physical description of the sea in the first movement ‘Waves’, a cultural-romantic interpretation of the sea in the sailor song ‘Chanty’, and the third movement ‘At Sea’ Bloch focuses on the economic importance of the sea.” Do you agree with this?
5. Look up 1 fact about Bloch. It can be anything you find interesting.