Scope and arrangement
The George Rochberg papers, along with these additions, document the professional activities, theoretical writings, and personal life of the composer. The additions are grouped into two series: Personal and Family Papers and Professional Records. The Personal and Family Papers series contain letters between George Rochberg and his wife Gene, as well as other family members; documents related to Rochberg's wife and children; photographs; and pencil and pen sketches by George Rochberg of family members. The Professional Records series consist of files documenting live performances of Rochberg's compositions, letters from fellow composers and academics, diploma and honor certificates, photographs, and writings on composition and musicology.
The George Rochberg papers, Additions are arranged in two series:
- 1942-19992 boxes
This series is arranged alphabetically by document genre and ordered chronologically within each section. The bulk of the Personal and Family Papers consists of letters between George Rochberg and his wife Gene throughout various separations, including his military service in France during World War II. Also present are letters to and from various family members, and a small number of documents related to Rochberg's wife and children, including poems written by Paul Rochberg. The photographs are primarily family snapshots spanning 1933 to 1949, with a few pictures taken in the 1990s. The sketches are pencil and pen drawings by George Rochberg of family members.
- 1937-200615 boxes
This series, which is arranged alphabetically by genre, contains files documenting live performances of his compositions (ordered by title); letters from fellow composers and academics (ordered alphabetically by name); diploma and honor certificates; photographs of live events, Rochberg with his colleagues, and professional portraits; and his writings on composition and musicology (ordered by title). Among the letter writers are Istvan Anhalt, Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, Andres Briner, Elizabeth Gentry Colman, Aaron Copland, Luigi Dallapiccola, Arthur Darack, Aurelio de la Vega, Ernest Gold, Peter Gradenwitz, Ulysses Kay, Daniel Kobialka, William Schuman, Walter Sear, Harry Somers, John Tagliabue, and Douglas Townshend. Also present are letters to and from the Theodore Presser Company (1951-1966). The writings include drafts of his published and unpublished essays and books. Of note are the drafts of Chromaticism: Symmetry in Atonal and Tonal Music, a theoretical and historical exploration of composition that was posthumously published in 2012 as A Dance of Polar Opposites; and the notes for the unpublished book Iconography of the Mind, of which some drafts are located in the original George Rochberg papers accession (JPB 86-19).