City University of New York
Queens College, City University of New York
(In 1997, twenty-five years after its first publication, T...)
In 1997, twenty-five years after its first publication, Thematic Catalogues in Music-An Annotated Bibliography (Pendragon Press, 1972) appeared in a completely revised and expanded Second Edition. It contains almost twice as many entries as its predecessor; virtually every one of the original entries has been updated; and the following noteworthy features have been added.1. A second introductory essay detailing trends and innovations in thematic cataloguing brought about by the revolution in technology of the past twenty years. 2. Appendices listing thematic catalogues in series; both by national organizations and publishers; a detailed up-to-date, country-by-country report of activities worldwide; a listing of major computerized databanks. 3. New double-column format. 4. Numerous illustrations and reproductions of pages from thematic catalogues of historical significance. The second edition continues the policy of listing all known thematic catalogues and indexes, including those in doctoral dissertations, masters essays, and computer databanks, as well as in-progress and unpublished works, plus reviews, and literature about thematic cataloguing. The original numbering of the 1972 entries has been retained, with new items appearing in proper alphabetical/chronological sequence but with the addition of decimal numbers and/or letters (363.1 or 960a). Lastly, the original historical introduction and special appendices of the first edition have been retained with emendations where needed.
Brook graduated from City College of New York in 1939, earned his master of arts degree from Columbia University in 1942 and was awarded a doctorate in music by the Sorbonne in Paris in 1959.
Early in his career, Brook worked as a tutor in music at the City College of New York from 1940 to 1942, and then at Queens College of the university beginning in 1945. While at the City University of New York, he became a professor of music, executive officer of the school’s PhD program in music, aid chair of its City University Music Council. He also worked in Paris through a series of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and as a Fulbright scholar.
In 1966, Brook created Repertoire International de Literature Musicale (RILM), a bibliography of writings about music with an international scope. In 1972 he began a stint of a co-director of CUNY’s Research Center for Music Iconography.
Brook retired from CUNY in 1989. During his career, he also began a doctoral program at Paris’s Ecole Normale Superieure, and he taught at other schools such as the University of Rochester and the University of Adelaide.
At the time of his death, Brook was serving as an editor-in-chief on “The Universe of Music: A History,” a series of seventeen books that will feature articles on music from scholars worldwide.
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During his life, Brook was married twice. His second wife's name was Claire. He also had two children from a previous marriage, Randy and Michelle, and two stepchildren.