The core collection, mostly music manuscripts, correspondence, concert programs and
performance tapes, were given to the Music Library in November, 1989. The composer has
been donating other manuscripts every year, as documented by the acquisition
correspondence (8/1). This is an ongoing collection; the composer will continue to donate
more manuscripts from time to time.
Aaron Blumenfeld was born in Newark, N.J. on April 18, 1932. His father was a noted
scholar and author on Jewish jurisprudence and a rabbi. He attended New York University
(1950-52) and received a teaching certificate. Blumenfeld attended Juilliard School of
Music from 1952 to 1954, first studying double bass, and later composition with Bernard
Wagenaar. In 1962 and 1974, he received a B.A. and a M.A. in music composition from
Rutgers University, where he studied with Robert Moevs. He attended Yeshiva University in
1967, and the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1968 for studies in Cantorial music.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in
writing to the Head of the Music Library.
Collection is open for research.