A Capital Connection

Ernest Bloch (1880–1959) was the first of many immigrant composers to benefit from Coolidge’s generosity and friendship. Shortly after his Suite for Viola and Piano won the 1919 Berkshire Prize, Bloch introduced Coolidge to his good friend Carl Engel (1883–1944), chief of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. She was already considering ways in which her music festival might reach more people. Engel proved key in bringing the concerts to the nation’s capital, along with Coolidge’s growing collection of holograph music manuscripts.

Ernest Bloch. Suite for Viola and Piano. Holograph manuscript, 1919. Coolidge Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (015.00.00, 015.01.00)

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An Appeal to a “Remarkable American Woman”

Carl Engel to Elizabeth Coolidge, October 5, 1922. Holograph letter. Coolidge Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (016.01.00)

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Good Friends

Carl Engel and Ernest Bloch. Photograph, ca. 1923. Eric Johnson Collection of Ernest Bloch Photographs, Music Division, Library of Congress (017.00.00)

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