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Joseph Bloch Collection


Joseph Bloch Collection
Bloch, Joseph
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15.50 linear feet
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International Piano Archives at Maryland
International Piano Archives, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD 20742, Tel: 301.405.9224, Email:

Joseph Bloch (1917-2009) was a pianist, music teacher, and music writer. He gave many solo recitals and performances with orchestras such as the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, as well as various tours throughout the world in places such as China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and Korea. Bloch also taught music at the University of Denver and at The Juilliard School, served as a faculty member at various piano festivals, and wrote articles about composers and music pieces in various music magazines. The collection contains 15.50 linear feet of programs, reviews, recordings, writings, notes, correspondence, awards, photographs, posters, articles, clippings, flyers, and brochures, related to Bloch's career, the ensembles he was involved in, and his relationships with his close colleagues, including Benjamin Lees, William Mayer, and Robert Moevs.

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Historical Note

Summary: Joseph Bloch (1917-2009) was born on November 6, 1917 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bloch was in the Army Air Forces (1941-1946) and discharged as captain. He was appointed head of the piano department at the University of Denver (1946) and two years later, joined the faculty at Juilliard, where he taught piano literature classes. Bloch made his debut at Town Hall in New York City (1950) and performed with numerous orchestras throughout the world. Bloch has also made recordings for Composers Recordings, Inc. Bloch died at his home in Larchmond, NY on March 4, 2009.

Full History: Joseph Bloch (1917-2009) was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 6, 1917. He was best described by the New York Post as a musician who "has that rare trio: a head, a heart, and skill." Through high school, he studied with Bomar Cramer and then with Rudolph Ganz at the Chicago Musical College. After earning his Bachelor of Music degree, he enrolled at Harvard University for his master's degree in musicology. While in graduate school, Bloch commuted to New York in order to study with Olga Samaroff.

During World War II, Bloch was stationed at Lawry Field in Denver, Colorado, where he gave informal recitals and also appeared as a soloist with the Civic Symphony. He was in the Army Air Forces from 1941-1946 and discharged as captain.

In 1946, he was appointed head of the piano department at the University of Denver and two years later, joined the faculty at Juilliard. He taught piano literature classes there and had a significant influence on accomplished pianists such as Garrick Ohlsson, Van Cliburn, Misha Dichter and John Browning.

In 1950, Bloch made his debut at Town Hall in New York City and subsequently performed with numerous orchestras in the United States, Europe, and East Asia. He travelled throughout the world, giving lecture-recitals and concerts in countries such as France, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland, and China. His recital programs included works by Scriabin, Honegger, Alkan, and his lifelong friend, Benjamin Lees. He made recordings for Composers Recordings, Inc. of piano music by Robert Moevs, Jaoques de Menasce, and Ruth Crawford Seeger. He also wrote a monograph on Charles-Valentin Alkan.

When he was not concertizing, his time was spent with his wife Dana and their three children, Leslie, John, and Andrew Lawrence. In addition, he developed a hobby for cooking, which provided a break from his busy lifestyle. He also became a connoisseur of desserts. Bloch died at his house in Larchmond, New York on March 4, 2009.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Joseph Bloch Collection covers the period from 1925 to 1997; the bulk of the materials date from 1949 to 1988, and the collection is 15.50 linear feet. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including programs, reviews, recordings, writings, notes, correspondence, awards, photographs, posters, articles, clippings, flyers, brochures, and books related to Blochs performing, teaching, and writing careers, including his recordings for Composers Recordings, Inc., his performances at Victoria International Festival and University of Hawaii Piano Festival, his tours throughout the world, and his writings about composers and music pieces in Keyboard Classics and The Juilliard Review.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Joseph Bloch, received in 1990. Additional materials were received from Joseph Bloch on September 5th, 1997.

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An item-level inventory of scores and recordings and a subject listing of writings by Joseph Bloch are available upon request.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Performance Files, 1937-1990, and Undated (3.75 Linear Feet)

This series contains programs and reviews related to Blochs piano performances. Materials are arranged chronologically by performance date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Undated Performances, Undated series 1box 1folder 1
Juilliard School (New York) -- Piano Seminar Series, Undated series 1box 1folder 2
Undated Performances, Undated series 1box 1folder 3
Chicago Musical College Performances, 1937 series 1box 1folder 4
Chicago Musical College Performances, 1938 series 1box 1folder 5
Jewish People's Institute (Chicago), 1939 series 1box 1folder 6
Chicago Musical College Performances, 1939 series 1box 1folder 7
Chicago Musical College -- Solo recital by J.B., ca. 1930s series 1box 1folder 8
Performances, 1940 series 1box 1folder 9
Performances, 1941 series 1box 1folder 10
Performances, 1942 series 1box 1folder 11
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre -- Solo recital by J.B., 1944 series 1box 1folder 12
Mesa College (Grand Junction, CO) -- Solo recital by J.B., 1946 series 1box 1folder 13
Performances, 1947 series 1box 1folder 14
Performances, 1948 series 1box 1folder 15
Performances, 1949 series 1box 1folder 16
Colorado College (Colorado Springs), July 1949-August 1949 series 1box 1folder 17
Town Hall (New York) -- Solo recitals by J.B., February 1950-August 1950 series 1box 2folder 1
Colorado College -- Summer Festival, June 1950-August 1950 series 1box 2folder 2
Colorado College Performances, July 1950-August 1950 series 1box 2folder 3
Town Hall (New York) Performances, October 1950-December 1950 series 1box 2folder 4
Town Hall (New York) -- Juilliard School Piano Forum, 1951 series 1box 2folder 5
Performances, February 1951-April 1951 series 1box 2folder 6
New York Performances, 1952 series 1box 2folder 7
New York Performances -- Town Hall, Museum of Modern Art, 1953 series 1box 2folder 8
Performances, 1954 series 1box 2folder 9
Performances, 1955 series 1box 2folder 10
Juilliard Dance Theater (New York), 1956 series 1box 2folder 11
Juilliard Performances, 1957 series 1box 2folder 12
Performances -- Greece, Finland, 1958 series 1box 2folder 13
Cultural Center (Singapore) -- Solo recital by J.B., ca.1959 series 1box 2folder 14
Performances, January 1960-February 1960 series 1box 2folder 15
Tour in Japan -- Sponsored by Nippon Gakki [Yamaha], 1960 series 1box 2folder 16
City Hall (Taiwan) -- Solo recitals by J.B., 1960 series 1box 2folder 17
Performances, April 1960-July 1960 series 1box 2folder 18
Performances, 1961 series 1box 2folder 19
Performances, 1962 series 1box 2folder 20
New York Performances -- Town Hall; Carnegie Hall, 1963 series 1box 2folder 21
Performances, 1964 series 1box 2folder 22
Mamaroneck, NY -- The Conununity Concert Association -- Solo recital by J.B., 1965 series 1box 2folder 23
Performances, 1966 series 1box 2folder 24
Performances, 1967 series 1box 2folder 25
Performances, 1968 series 1box 2folder 26
Boston University -- American Liszt Society -- Third Semi-Annual Convention, 1969 series 1box 2folder 27
George Peabody College for Teachers (Nashville, TN) -- Seminar in Piano Teaching, 1969 series 1box 2folder 28
Performances, April 1970-June 1970 series 1box 3folder 1
New Zealand -- The Chamber Music Federation of New Zealand Inc., July 1970-August 1970 series 1box 3folder 2
New Zealand Performances, July 1970-August 1970 series 1box 3folder 3
Miyagi College (Sendai, Japan) -- Solo recital by J.B., 1971 series 1box 3folder 4
Performances, 1972 series 1box 3folder 5
Performances, February 1973-May 1973 series 1box 3folder 6
Temple University Music Institute (PA), June 1973-August 1973 series 1box 3folder 7
Performances, September 1973-December 1973 series 1box 3folder 8
Performances, March 1974-April 1974 series 1box 3folder 9
Temple University Music Institute (PA), June 1974-August 1974 series 1box 3folder 10
Performances, August 1974-November 1974 series 1box 3folder 11
Performances, 1975 series 1box 3folder 12
Performances, 1976 series 1box 3folder 13
Performances, 1977 series 1box 3folder 14
Performances, March 1978-April 1978 series 1box 3folder 15
George Peabody College for Teachers (Nashville, TN) -- Seminar in Piano Teaching, 6/1978 series 1box 3folder 16
England Performances, July 1978-August 1978 series 1box 3folder 17
Shawnigan Summer School of the Arts -- J.B. on the faculty, July 1978-August 1978 series 1box 3folder 18
Performances, August 1978-October 1978 series 1box 3folder 19
Concurso International de Ejecucion Musical Piano (Chile), 1978 series 1box 3folder 20
Performances, April 1979-May 1979 series 1box 3folder 21
International Piano Festival and Competition (University of Maryland), 1979 series 1box 3folder 22
Performances, July 1979-August 1979 series 1box 3folder 23
Victoria International Festival (Canada), 1979 series 1box 3folder 24
Performances, 1979 series 1box 3folder 25
Performances, January 1980-June 1980 series 1box 4folder 1
Brigham Young University (Provo,UT) -- Summer Piano Festival and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, 1980 series 1box 4folder 2
New England Conservatory (Boston) -- Summer Music Camp, June 1980-July 1980 series 1box 4folder 3
Performances, July 1980-August 1980 series 1box 4folder 4
Victoria International Festival (Canada), 1980 series 1box 4folder 5
Performances -- Japan, NJ, August 1980-December 1980 series 1box 4folder 6
Performances, March 1981-May 1981 series 1box 4folder 7
New England Conservatory (Boston) -- Music Day Camp, June 1981-July 1981 series 1box 4folder 8
University of Maryland -- International Piano Festival and Competition, 1981 series 1box 4folder 9
New York Performances, 1981 series 1box 4folder 10
Performances, 1982 series 1box 4folder 11
Performances, 1983 series 1box 4folder 12
Performances, March 1984-May 1984 series 1box 4folder 13
Tour in Japan -- Sponsored by PIWA, 1984 series 1box 4folder 14
Performances, 1984 series 1box 4folder 15
Johannesen International School of the Arts (Victoria, Canada), 1984 series 1box 4folder 16
Victoria International Festival (Canada), 1984 series 1box 4folder 17
Performances, September 1984-October 1984 series 1box 4folder 18
Performances, January 1985-June 1985 series 1box 4folder 19
University of Hawaii -- Piano Festival, 1985 series 1box 4folder 20
Performances, September 1985-December 1985 series 1box 4folder 21
Performances, January 1986-July 1986 series 1box 4folder 22
Johannesen International School of the Arts (Victoria, Canada), 1986 series 1box 4folder 23
Victoria International Festival (Canada), 1986 series 1box 4folder 24
Pacific Rim Seminars (Vancouver, Canada), 1986 series 1box 4folder 25
Performances, 1987 series 1box 4folder 26
Shenyang Conservatory of Music (China), 1988 series 1box 4folder 27
Montgomery College (Rockville, MD) -- Professional Development for Piano Teachers, 1988 series 1box 4folder 28
Oregon State University, Corvallis -- The Arts of Piano Performance, 1988 series 1box 4folder 29
Southlands College (London) -- EFTA Conference, 1988 series 1box 4folder 30
Trip to Toronto, 1989 series 1box 4folder 31
Johannesen International School of the Arts (Victoria, Canada), 1989 series 1box 4folder 32
Performances, 1990 series 1box 4folder 33
Performances, May 1989-June 1989 series 1box 18folder 1
Johannesen International School of the Arts (Victoria, Canada), 1989 series 1box 18folder 2
McPherson Playhouse (Victoria, Canada) -- Victoria International Festival, 1989 series 1box 18folder 3
Trip to Japan -- Several master classes, lecture-recitals & lessons, 1990 series 1box 18folder 4
Japan Lecture-Recitals, 1990 series 1box 18folder 5
Performances, May 1990-November 1990 series 1box 18folder 6
Festival de San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), 1990 series 1box 18folder 7
The National Beethoven Fellowship Piano Auditions -- Indianapolis, IN, 1991 series 1box 18folder 8
Trip to Japan -- Several lecture-recitals, master classes & lessons, 1991 series 1box 18folder 9
Japan Lecture-Recitals, 1991 series 1box 18folder 10
McPherson Playhouse (Victoria, Canada) -- Victoria International Festival, 1991 series 1box 18folder 11
Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) -- San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, 1991 series 1box 18folder 12
Performances -- Hawaii, Canada, 1992 series 1box 18folder 13
Greenwich House Music School Performances, 1993 series 1box 18folder 14
Performances, February 1993-May 1993 series 1box 18folder 15
Johannesen International School of the Arts (Victoria, Canada), 1993 series 1box 18folder 16
Christ Church Cathedral (Victoria, Canada) -- Victoria International Festival, 1993 series 1box 18folder 17
Performances, 1994 series 1box 18folder 18
Performances, 1995 series 1box 18folder 19
Greenwich House Music School (New York City) Performances, 1996 series 1box 18folder 20
Greenwich House Music School (New York City) Performances, 1997 series 1box 18folder 21
Adamant Music School (Adamant, VT), 1997 series 1box 18folder 22
Parnassus International Music Institute. (State Univ. of NY, Purchase, NY) -- Master Class, 1997 series 1box 18folder 23
Miscellaneous programs -- Concerts, master classes, & competitions, Undated series 1box 18folder 24

Series 2: Recordings by Joseph Bloch, 1941-1997, and Undated (2.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains twenty-four cassette tapes, LP discs, reel-to-reel tapes, and acetate discs of Blochs piano performances.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Recordings -- Piston, Johnson, Lees, Hindemith, Hartmann, Crawford Seeger, Moevs, de Menasce, Debussy, Radio Interviews with David Dubal and the Juilliard School, Gershwin-Grainger, Alkan, IPAM Concert -- Twenty-four recordings, 1941-1990, and Undated series 2box 5folder 1
Supplementary Recordings -- Crawford, Greenwich House Music School Recital, WNYC Interview, Debussy, Poulenc, Milhaud, Scriabin/Satie/Clementi -- Eleven recordings, 1990-1997, and Undated series 2box 5folder 2

Series 3: Writings by Joseph Bloch, 1941-1996, and Undated (1.50 Linear Feet)

This series contains articles that Bloch has written about piano repertoire and various composers in music magazines and journals, including articles in the Juilliard Review, Keyboard Classics, and The Piano Quarterly. Materials are arranged alphabetically by magazine title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Charles-Valentin Alkan, 1941 series 3box 6folder 1
Ararat -- Review on An Anthology of Armenian Piano Music, 1981 series 3box 6folder 2
The Chopin Journal -- "Chopin and Alkan: The Mystery of the Missing Manuscript.", 1988 series 3box 6folder 3
Debussy Preludes Vol.I, 1988 series 3box 6folder 4
EPTA Piano Journal -- "Lodovico Giustini- and the First Published Piano Sonatas.", Undated series 3box 6folder 5
Etude -- "The Piano Cycles of Robert Schumann.", 1956 series 3box 6folder 6
Juilliard New Bulletin, 1969 series 3box 6folder 7
The Juilliard Report, 1953 series 3box 6folder 8
The Juilliard Review, 1956-1960 series 3box 6folder 9
Keyboard Classics, 1986-1989 series 3box 6folder 10
Thematic Guide to Piano Literature, 1988 series 3box 7folder 1
Karl Mikuli, 1989 series 3box 7folder 2
The Piano Quarterly, 1962-1982 series 3box 7folder 3
Concert Program Notes, 1981-1986 series 3box 7folder 4
PTNA (Japan) Our Music, Undated series 3box 7folder 5
Chopin Journal, 1988 series 3box 7folder 6
Piano Today, 1996 series 3box 7folder 7
Schumann Kinderszenen op. 15 -- An Analysis with Suggestions for Interpretation, 1996 series 3box 7folder 8
Juilliard Journal, 1995 series 3box 7folder 9

Series 4: Correspondence, 1947-1996, and Undated (0.75 Linear Feet)

This series contains letters to Bloch from composers and letters to and from Bloch related to various foreign organizations, Juilliard, and other correspondence. Materials are arranged alphabetically by last name.

Subseries 4.1: Letters from Composers, 1947-1991, and Undated

This subseries contains letters to Bloch from composers, including letters from Aaron Copland, Benjamin Lees, William Mayer, and Michael Moevs.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters from Composers -- B-Cl -- Birger Blomdahl, Cage, Carpenter, Mary & Ernie Chang, Wen-Chung Chou, 1947-1993, and Undatedseries 4.1box 8folder 1
Aaron Copland, 1975-1976series 4.1box 8folder 2
David Diamond, 1975-1991series 4.1box 8folder 3
Letters from Composers -- J-K -- Johnson, Kubik, 1967-1983series 4.1box 8folder 5
Benjamin Lees, 1956-1964series 4.1box 8folder 6
William Mayer, 1966-1977series 4.1box 8folder 7
Peter Mennin, 1982series 4.1box 8folder 8
Robert Moevs, 1958-1959series 4.1box 8folder 9
William Schumann, 1982-1990, and Undatedseries 4.1box 8folder 13
Michael Shapiro, 1975series 4.1box 8folder 14
Letters from Composers -- Si-St -- Elie Siegmeister; Gitta Steiner, 1968, and Undatedseries 4.1box 8folder 16
Virgil Thompson, 1975series 4.1box 8folder 18

Subseries 4.2: Birthday and Holiday Correspondence, 1983-1994, and Undated

This subseries contains thank you letters, happy birthday wishes, and happy holiday wishes.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Birthday and Holiday Correspondence -- D-H -- Diercks, Drake, Henry, 1992-1996, and Undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 4
James O'Brien, 1983series 4.2box 8folder 10
Birthday Wishes for J.B. -- 75th Birthday, 1993series 4.2box 8folder 25

Subseries 4.3: Foreign Correspondence, 1962-1978

This subseries contains correspondence with foreign people and organizations, including the Ambassade de France and the Foreign Services of the U.S.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Foreign Service of the United States of America, 1961series 4.3box 8folder 21
Donna Anderson, 1977series 4.3box 8folder 22
Concurso International de Ejecución, 1978series 4.3box 8folder 23
Polynèsie Française, 1962series 4.3box 8folder 24

Subseries 4.4: Juilliard Correspondence, 1981-1996, and Undated

This subseries contains correspondence related to Juilliard, including thank you notes for master classes and correspondence with Juilliard faculty and about Juilliard parties.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bela Nagy, 1981series 4.4box 8folder 11
Juilliard Correspondence -- R-S -- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde A. Roller; Gyorgy Sandor, 1992-1994series 4.4box 8folder 12
Joseph W. Polisi -- Juilliard President, 1991-1996series 4.4box 8folder 12
The "35 Years at Juilliard" Party, Undatedseries 4.4box 8folder 26
Juilliard Piano Faculties, 1996series 4.4box 8folder 27

Subseries 4.5: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1960-1992, and Undated

This subseries contains other correspondence related to Blochs life.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Edward Shipwright, 1992series 4.5box 8folder 15
Leung Seun, 1960series 4.5box 8folder 17
Miscellaneous Correspondence -- Willis A. Stevens; Yumi Tanikawa, 1992-1993series 4.5box 8folder 19
Ron Tremaine, 1964series 4.5box 8folder 20
Miscellaneous, Undatedseries 4.5box 8folder 28

Series 5: Awards, 1957-1996 (null)

This series contains awards that Bloch has received from various musical societies and ensembles, including certificates and honorary membership letters. Materials are arranged chronologically by date awarded.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Park Tudor School, 1996 series 5box 9folder 1
Indiana Music Teacher's Guild, 1957 series 5box 9folder 2
The Music Society of Hong Kong, 1960 series 5box 9folder 3
Singapore Music Teachers' Association, 1967 series 5box 9folder 4
National Symphonic Orchestra of the Republic of Panama, 1972 series 5box 9folder 5
Vina del Mar, Chile, 1978 series 5box 9folder 6
Vina del Mar Medallion, Chile, 1978 series 5box 9folder 7
Chevalier dans l'ordre des Society of the French Academic Palms, 1985 series 5box 9folder 8

Series 6: Photographs, 1938-1997, and Undated (null)

This series contains photographs of Bloch and other artists, including portraits and group photographs, publicity photographs, photographs of Blochs tours, photo albums, and framed photographs. Materials are arranged by subject into six subseries.

Subseries 6.1: Publicity and Portrait Photos of Joseph Bloch, 1958-1976, and Undated

This subseries contains publicity photos, portraits, drawings, and candid photographs of Bloch posing, at the piano, and doing various other activities.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Early Publicity Photos, Undatedseries 6.1box 10folder 1
Later Publicity Photos, Undatedseries 6.1box 10folder 2
Portraits, Undatedseries 6.1box 10folder 3
Other Portraits, Undatedseries 6.1box 10folder 4
Candid Photos, Undatedseries 6.1box 10folder 5
Drawings, 1958-1974, and Undatedseries 6.1box 10folder 6

Subseries 6.2: Joseph Bloch with Other People, 1952-1995, and Undated

This subseries contains photographs of Bloch with other people, including Martin Canin, Ruth Laredo, Benjamin Lees, and Blochs wife, Dana. Materials are arranged alphabetically by persons last name.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Sahan Arzuni & Robert Sherman, 1989series 6.2box 10folder 7
Max Camp & 1 unknown person, Undatedseries 6.2box 10folder 8
Martin Canin, Fiorella Canin, Hiroko Nakamura, Joseph Raieff -- At Albert Lotto's, 1978series 6.2box 10folder 9
Martin Canin, Thomas Schumacher -- Hawaii, 1983series 6.2box 10folder 10
Oliver Daniel, Undatedseries 6.2box 10folder 11
Mildred Dilling, 1961series 6.2box 10folder 12
Leon Fleisher & Nelita True, 1980series 6.2box 10folder 13
Other People -- Fu-Ke -- Mrs. Fukuda, Richard Goldman, Paul Hindemith, Constance Keene, 1949-1987, and Undatedseries 6.2box 10folder 14
Ruth Laredo, 1984series 6.2box 10folder 15
Benjamin Lees, Undatedseries 6.2box 10folder 16
Nina Lelchuk, Undatedseries 6.2box 10folder 17
Robin McCabe, Undatedseries 6.2box 10folder 18
Other People -- S-W -- Wendy Sharp, Teruko Uraguchi, Robert Ward & Hazel Gravell, Beveridge Webster & Paul Nordoff, 1952-1964, and Undatedseries 6.2box 10folder 19
Joseph Bloch's mother, Undatedseries 6.2box 10folder 20
Joseph Bloch's wife (Dana) & Leatrice Lees, Undatedseries 6.2box 10folder 21
Miscellaneous, Undatedseries 6.2box 10folder 22
Earl Wild & Harold Schoenberg, Undatedseries 6.2box 10folder 26
W? Julliard/w? Harvard Club, 1991-1995series 6.2box 10folder 27

Subseries 6.3: Photos of Other Artists, Undated

This subseries contains photographs of other artists without Bloch, including Bomar Kramen, Frederick Ruffman, and James Sykes. Materials are arranged alphabetically by persons last name.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bomar Kramer, Undatedseries 6.3box 10folder 23
Frederick Ruffman, Undatedseries 6.3box 10folder 24
James Sykes, Undatedseries 6.3box 10folder 25

Subseries 6.4: Tours, etc. (Non-Orient), 1949-1997, and Undated

This subseries contains photographs of Blochs non-Oriental tours, including tours in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Chile. Materials are arranged chronologically by photograph date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Colorado, 1949series 6.4box 10folder 28
Zurich, 1954series 6.4box 10folder 29
Amsterdam, 1955series 6.4box 10folder 30
Maison Frarsais, NYU, 1961series 6.4box 10folder 31
Bayreuth, 1974series 6.4box 10folder 32
International Competition, Chile, 1978series 6.4box 10folder 33
Tours (Non-Orient) -- London, New York, Victoria, 1981-1982series 6.4box 10folder 34
Hawaii, 1983-1985series 6.4box 10folder 35
Bohemians Dinner, 1985series 6.4box 10folder 36
Vancouver, 1986series 6.4box 10folder 37
Hawaii, 1987series 6.4box 10folder 38
London, 1988series 6.4box 10folder 39
Poland, 1989series 6.4box 10folder 40
Kikuko Nakamura's -- Rye, NY, 1980'sseries 6.4box 10folder 41
Frina Auerbach Competition, Undatedseries 6.4box 10folder 42
Edith Cornfield's, 1983series 6.4box 10folder 43
A party, 1988series 6.4box 10folder 44
J.B. w/ student at home(?), 1989, and Undatedseries 6.4box 10folder 45
College Park, MD -- International Piano Archives at Maryland, 1990series 6.4box 10folder 46
Dinner/Hawaii, 1992series 6.4box 10folder 47
Washington, DC./Juilliard, 1993series 6.4box 10folder 48
Adamant/Siberia, 1997series 6.4box 10folder 49

Subseries 6.5: Tours in the Orient, 1960-1993, and Undated (0.75 Linear Feet)

This subseries contains photographs of Blochs tours in the Orient, including photographs of Blochs tours in Singapore, Taipei, and Japan. Materials are arranged chronologically by photograph date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Tours in the Orient -- Taipei, Singapore, 1960series 6.5box 11folder 1
Japan, 1960series 6.5box 11folder 2
Hong Kong, 1960series 6.5box 11folder 3
Sarawak, 1960series 6.5box 11folder 4
Tokyo, 1961series 6.5box 11folder 5
Taipei, 1961series 6.5box 11folder 6
Penang, 1961series 6.5box 11folder 7
Singapore, 1961series 6.5box 11folder 8
Tahiti, 1962series 6.5box 11folder 9
Tours in the Orient -- Tokyo/Korea, 1964series 6.5box 11folder 10
Singapore, 1964series 6.5box 11folder 12
Okinawa, 1967series 6.5box 11folder 13
Korea, 1967series 6.5box 11folder 14
Singapore, 1967series 6.5box 11folder 15
Calcutta, 1967series 6.5box 11folder 16
Istanbul, 1968series 6.5box 11folder 17
Sendai, 1971series 6.5box 11folder 18
Djakarta, 1972series 6.5box 11folder 19
Singapore, 1978series 6.5box 11folder 20
Japan, 1980series 6.5box 11folder 21
Japan, 1983series 6.5box 11folder 22
Beijing, 1984series 6.5box 11folder 23
Shanghai/Singapore, 1985-1986series 6.5box 11folder 24
Shenyang, 1988series 6.5box 11folder 25
Shanghai Conservatory, Undatedseries 6.5box 11folder 26
Korea, Undatedseries 6.5box 11folder 27
Blind Institute in Hong Kong, Undatedseries 6.5box 11folder 28
Miscellaneous, Undatedseries 6.5box 11folder 29
Japan, 1990-1993, and Undatedseries 6.5box 11folder 30

Subseries 6.6: Photo Albums & Framed Photos, 1938-1988, and Undated

This subseries contains photo albums and framed photographs of Blochs Oriental experiences, Blochs hands at the keyboard, and a photograph of a neon sign congratulating Bloch.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Photo Albums & Framed Photos -- Contains five items., 1938-1988, and Undatedseries 6.6box 12folder 1
Framed Photo of Bloch's hands at the keyboard, 1938series 6.6box 12folder 1item 1.0
Photo Album (red, oblong) from Shanghai and Shenyang, 1985-1988series 6.6box 12folder 1item 2.0
Photo Album (blue, spiral bound) from Sendai, 9/11/1971series 6.6box 12folder 1item 3.0
"Long Photo" taken at the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Shenyang Conservatory, 1988series 6.6box 12folder 1item 4.0
Framed Photo of a neon sign that reads "JOSEPH BLOCH", Undatedseries 6.6box 12folder 1item 5.0

Series 7: Posters, 1954-1989, and Undated (null)

This series contains posters of Blochs recitals, of various musical societies, of the various schools that Bloch taught at, of Blochs tours, and of Blochs son, Andrew Bloch.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Posters -- Missing, 1954-1989, and Undated series 7box 19folder 1

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1937-1964, and Undated (null)

This series contains three scrapbooks that include articles, programs, letters, pictures, and miscellaneous materials. Materials are arranged chronologically by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Black Scrapbook, 1937-1953 series 8box 14folder 1
Green Scrapbook, 1954-1962 series 8box 14folder 2
Red Scrapbook, 1960-1964 series 8box 14folder 3
Captions (on Foam Bound) from J. Bloch Exhibit, Undated series 8box 14folder 4

Series 9: Subject Files, Circa 1940-1995, and Undated (0.75 Linear Feet)

This series contains materials related to Blochs career, including publicity flyers, newspaper and magazine articles about Bloch and other musicians, biographical materials, record reviews, and brochures from Steinway. Materials are arranged by subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Publicity Materials, 1948-1949, and Undated series 9box 15folder 1
Biographical Materials, Circa 1940-1983, and Undated series 9box 15folder 2
Juilliard, 1961-1993, and Undated series 9box 15folder 3
Interviews, Circa 1961-1983 series 9box 15folder 4
Musical Articles, 1949-1995, and Undated series 9box 15folder 5
Various Articles, 1943-1993, and Undated series 9box 15folder 6
Humor, Undated series 9box 15folder 7
Script, 1982 series 9box 15folder 8
Recordings, 1969-1971, and Undated series 9box 15folder 9
Robin McCabe, 1980-1995, and Undated series 9box 15folder 10
Steinway Brochures, 1949-1982, and Undated series 9box 15folder 11
International Piano Archives at Maryland, 1990-1991 series 9box 15folder 12
Miscellaneous, 1989-1992, and Undated series 9box 15folder 13

Series 10: Recordings belonging to Joseph Bloch, 1978, and Undated (null)

This series contains LP recordings that Joseph Bloch owned, including recordings of piano solo works, chamber ensemble pieces, and pieces for piano and orchestra.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Recordings Belonging to Joseph Bloch -- Sixty-three recordings, 1978, and Undated series 10box 16folder 1

Series 11: Miscellaneous, 1925-1993 and Undated (null)

This series contains small photographs of others and magazines about music with references to Bloch.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Miscellaneous Items, 1925-1993, and Undated series 11box 17folder 1
H.D. Ruttencutter. Pianist's Progress. New York: Crowell., 1979 series 11box 17folder 1item 1.0
Guest book for J.B.'s 75th Birthday party, 1/31/1993 series 11box 17folder 1item 2.0
Ronald Smith. Alkan "Alkan, Who Was Alkan?" Vol. 2: The Music. London: Kahn & Averill., 1987 series 11box 17folder 1item 3.0
Mascagni Photo--Autographed, 1/22/1925 series 11box 17folder 1item 4.0
Alkan Photograph, Undated series 11box 17folder 1item 5.0
A Survey of Contemporary Japanese Piano Music by Adira Ueno. In the same envelope: Japanese Piano Music, principal composers and their works. Compiled by Eleanor K. Dornan., 1972 series 11box 17folder 1item 6.0
Owen Jensen. NZBC Symphony Orcnestra. Wellington, New Zealand: A.H. & A.W. Reed., 1966 series 11box 17folder 1item 7.0
The Indianapolis Star Magazine, 1956 series 11box 17folder 2

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