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Ruth T. Watanabe Special Collections
Sibley Music Library
Eastman School of Music
University of Rochester


Bloch Festschrift Collection Prospectus for unfinished Festschrift in honor of Ernest Bloch, from Bloch Festschrift Collection, Box 1, Folder 16.


Location: M2A 2,6
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Biographical Sketch

Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) was born in Switzerland and moved to the United States in 1917, teaching at the Mannes School in new York. He held other major appointments until 1930. From 1930 to 1939 he lived mainly in Switzerland, but returned thereafter and settled in Oregon before moving on to Berkeley, California. He taught briefly at the Eastman School of Music (1924-25). His compositions are generally highly regarded.


The collection was purchased from J.J. Lubrano in March 1998 and was created in the early 1970’s by the musicologist Ernest Lubin for an uncompleted festschrift in honor of Bloch.

Scope and Content

The collection contains the prospectus and a few portions of the projected festschrift, along with correspondence and other materials collected in preparation for the volume. The most significant items are the essay by Ernest Bacon on Bloch as a teacher and the correspondence, from among which the letter by Suzanne Bloch is most interesting.

Restrictions and Use

Reproduction of manuscript materials subject to copyright.


Special Collections possesses the Ernest Bloch Collection, a compilation of Bloch’s teaching materials, analyses, and notes.


Series 1: Correspondence

This series contains correspondence with prominent scholars and musicians relating to the solicitation of articles for the festschrift and to preparation of the book.


Series 2: General

This series contains materials relating to the preparation of the volume, including a prospectus and some essays scheduled for inclusion.


Series 3: Ephemera

This series includes articles about Bloch from published sources, programs of performances of Bloch’s works, and some clippings and biographical information.


Series 1: Correspondence

folder 1 Ernest Bacon. Correspondence concerning Bacon’s contribution. From: Lubin; To: Bacon
folder 2 Leonard Bernstein. Solicitation of an essay. From: Lubin; To: Bernstein
folder 3 Suzanne Bloch. Correspondence concerning an essay and opinions. From: Lubin; To: Bloch
folder 4 Julie Colemore. Representative of Grossman Publishers. From: Lubin; To: Colemore
folder 5 Aaron Copland. Solicitation for an essay. From: Lubin; To: Copland
folder 6 Peter Hansen. Solicitation for an essay. From: Lubin; To: Hansen
folder 7 Michael Loeb. Representative of Grossman Publishers. From: Lubin; To: Loeb
folder 8 Roger Sessions. Solicitation for an essay. From: Lubin; To: Sessions
folder 9 Robert Strassburg. Solicitation for an essay. From: Lubin; To: Strassburg
folder 10 Eric Werner. Solicitation for an essay. From: Lubin; To: Werner
folder 11 Unidentified. Solicitations for essays.


Series 2: General

folder 12 Bacon, Bloch as a Teacher. Draft of essay.
folder 13 Introduction to volume.
folder 14 Preface to volume.
folder 15 Notes for introduction
folder 16 Prospective contents of volume


Series 3: Ephemera

folder 17 Gatti, Ernest Bloch.
folder 18 Jacobi, Bloch’s Violin Concerto
folder 19 Kushner, Commentary on Bloch’s Symphonic Works
folder 20 Morgan, Ernest Bloch
folder 21 Newlin, Later Works of Ernest Bloch
folder 22 Sessions, Ernest Bloch
folder 23 Sharp, Ernest Bloch’s violin concerto
folder 24 Catalogs of Bloch’s works
folder 25 Clippings on Bloch
folder 26 Programs of Bloch Works
folder 27 Photographs of Bloch