Charles L. Eble (1915-2009)

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The Kilenyi Bruckner Medal of the Bruckner Society of America (Bruckner Archive)
Charles L. Eble, the editor of "Chord and Discord," the music journal of the Bruckner Society of America, died in Iowa on February 25, 2009 at the age of 93. He was a founding member of the Bruckner Society of America when it was established in 1931. He was the President of the Society and Editor of "Chord and Discord" when it published its last issue in 1998.

The Society promoted the music of Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler. It also commissioned the striking of medals by the artist, Julio Kilenyi (1885-1959) to honor organizations and individuals who helped promote the these two composers.

The following was taken from the obituary of the Iowa City Press-Citizen:

"Charlie, as he was known to his family and friends, earned a B.A. degree in music in 1940 from the University of Iowa. While in school he served as personal secretary to School of Music Director Philip Greeley Clapp. After World War II, Charlie did graduate work in English at the University of Iowa and taught briefly at Northwestern University. He returned to Iowa City in 1950 to purchase the community's only sheet music store. During the next several years he accompanied Professor Himie Voxman on trips to European libraries and music shops; these visits enabled Charlie to make many valuable contacts with sheet music and book publishers. Charlie's remarkable knowledge of classical music repertoire, his uncanny ability to locate hard-to-find editions, and his commitment to customer service were important ingredients in his entrepreneurial success. He built Eble Music Company into a thriving, internationally recognized business, which he owned for almost 40 years until his retirement in 1989."