In 1871, Bock inherited the Berlin music publishing firm founded by his father Gustav Bock (1813–1863) and Eduard Bote. The firm of Bote & Bock published the score of Tchaikovsky's overture-fantasia Romeo and Juliet in 1871, at the instigation of Nikolay Rubinstein. Tchaikovsky was personally acquainted with Hugo Bock, and some correspondence between the two men has survived.
Correspondence with Tchaikovsky
3 letters from Tchaikovsky to Hugo Bock have survived, dating from 1884 to 1893, all of which have been translated into English on this website:
- Letter 2624a – 23 December 1884/4 January 1885, from Moscow
- Letter 2839a – 22 December 1885/3 January 1886, from Maydanovo
- Letter 5021 – 28 August/9 September 1893, from Hamburg
3 letters from Hugo Bock to Tchaikovsky, dating from 1885 to 1889, are preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a4, Nos. 269, 288, 3100).