Geoffrey Block

Distinguished Professor
School of Music

Geoffrey BlockGeoffrey Block is a professor of music history, with particular expertise in the music of Charles Ives, Broadway musicals, and the transfer from stage to film adaptations. He has written books on Richard Rodgers and Charles Ives, and has written extensively on Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Rodgers, jazz, and the American musical theater. His book, Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from ‘Show Boat’ to Sondheim and Lloyd Webber (Oxford University Press, 2009) studies favorites including Porgy and Bess, Kiss Me, Kate, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, and The Phantom of the Opera. He served as the general editor and contributed the forewords of seven Yale Broadway Masters volumes, from 2003 to 2010, and eight volumes and forewords since 2010 for Oxford’s Broadway Legacies. Block wrote Ives: “Concord” Sonata (Cambridge University Press, 1996), The Richard Rodgers Reader (Oxford University Press, 2002) and Richard Rodgers (Yale University Press, 2003). Block has been interviewed by National Public Radio, BBC, CBC, and Australian Classic FM Radio, and by numerous newspapers, including the Chicago Sun Times, Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, and Pittsburgh Tribune Review. He appeared on-camera in the American Mastersdocumentary Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds (2001) and in Heart & Soul: The Life and Music of Frank Loesser (2006). He teaches courses on Broadway, jazz, drama, film, Beethoven, Wagner’s Ring, and historically-based music classes. Block completed Experiencing Beethoven: A Listener’s Companion (Scarecrow, 2016) and is working on books tentatively titled Schubert’s Reputation from His Time to Ours and Adapting to Hollywood: The Broadway Musical and the Silver Screen.


B.A., University of California-Los Angeles, 1970; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University, 1973, 1979

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