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Brook, Barry Shelley


BROOK, BARRY SHELLEY (1918–1997), U.S. musicologist. Brook studied at the City College of New York and at Columbia University and received his doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1959. In 1945 he became professor of musicology at Queens College, New York, and was a visiting professor at New York University (1964–65) and the University of Paris (1967–68). From 1974 he was responsible at City University of New York for a facsimile archive of 18th- and early 19th-century autographs, manuscripts, and prints. He was the general editor of the Breitkopf Thematic Catalogues (New York, 1966) and of the historical series The Symphony, 1720–1840 (New York, 1979–85). Brook was also the president and editor of the planned 17-volume reference work Universe of Music. His special fields of research were 16th-century secular music and 18th-century instrumental music. He was one of the pioneers in the application of computer technologies to various musicological and bibliographical problems. In 1966 he founded the computerized Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (rilm), the first journal of systematic musicological abstracts. His publications include La symphonie française dans la seconde moité du xviiie siècle (3 vols., 1962); Thematic Catalogues in Music: An Annotated Bibliography (1972); and The Symphony, 1720–1840: Reference Volume (1986). Other editions of his include, with F. Degrada and H. Hucke: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: The Complete Works (1986– ); with B.C. MacIntyre: Streichtrios, Joseph Haydn: Werke, xi/1–2 (1986–96).

add. bibliography:

Grove online; mgg2; A. Atlas (ed.), Music in the Classic Period: Essays in Honor of Barry S. Brook (1985).

[Israela Stein (2nd ed.)]

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