“And when I had that one little whiff of success that I‘ve had in my life, with the Viola Sonata, the rumor went around, I hear, that I hadn‘t written the stuff myself, that somebody had done it for me. And I even got one or two little bits of press clippings saying that it was impossible, that I couldn‘t have written it myself. And the funniest of all was that I had a clipping once which said that I didn‘t exist, there wasn‘t any such person as Rebecca Clarke, that it was a pseudonym for Ernest Bloch!”
This was Rebecca Clarke speaking 1976 in an radio interview about her 1919 Sonata for Viola and Piano. Clarke had submitted it to the competition sponsored by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, as part of her annual chamber music festival held in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The competition was organized with anonymous submissions, and 73 composers submitted entries for viola and piano, the instrumentation chosen for that year.