Block, Geoffrey (Holden)
- Gwynne Kuhner Brown
(b Oakland, CA, May 7, 1948). American musicologist. He received the BA in music history and literature from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1970. He studied music history and theory at Harvard University (MA 1973, PhD 1979). His dissertation, on compositional process in Beethoven’s first and second piano concertos, was aided by manuscript research in Germany as a Fulbright Fellow (1975–6). He joined the faculty of the University of Puget Sound in 1980, attaining the rank of Professor in 1993, and was named Distinguished Professor of Music History in 2008.
A prolific and wide-ranging scholar, Block has published extensively on American musical theater, particularly the life and work of Richard Rodgers, and on the music of Charles Ives. He was the first to publish research on the compositional process of Broadway musicals (“Frank Loesser’s Sketchbooks” and Enchanted Evenings). He has served as General Editor of the Yale Broadway Masters Series since ...