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The Brook Center is a scholarly facility associated with the doctoral program in music at
The City University of New York Graduate Center.

Current Brook Center projects include:
Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments
Ensemble for the Romantic Century Seminars
Foundation for Iberian Music
Foundation for French and Francophone Musical Cultures
French Opera in the 17th and 18th Centuries
Music in 21st-Century Society
Music in Gotham: The New York Scene
Pergolesi Research Center
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)
Research Center for Music Iconography (RCMI)
Xenakis Project of the Americas

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Postmodernity’s Musical Pasts International Conference 2015

The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation announces the international conference, Postmodernity’s Musical Pasts: Rediscoveries and Revivals after 1945, to be held at The City University of New York, The Graduate Center 26-27 March 2015. We are inviting papers based on new research that address the multi-faceted topics related to rediscoveries and revivals while drawing upon the methodologies of ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music theory, cultural studies, and anthropology. We encourage presentations on a variety of topics from the early music revival in the U.S. and Europe to the folk revival movement in the post-Soviet era, from compositions responding to revivalist notions to currents in the discipline of musicology.

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3rd International Course on Medieval Music Performance

July 5-13, 2014: The 3rd International Course on Medieval Music (12th-14th c.), supported by the Foundation, will begin once again this July. Hosted in Besalú, a picturesque and well-preserved medieval town in Catalonia, this nine-day immersion course is designed for vocalists and instrumentalists performing early music. The variety of programs include chant, ars nova, and vocal and instrumental music, and will bring together a world-class group of artists, scholars, and teachers.

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Granados: Three New Committee Members

April 22, 2014: The Foundation is pleased to announce that three new committee members have been added to the Enrique Granados Centenary and Anniversary. Joining the existing team will be Paolo Pinamonti, director of the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid; Mustsumi Fukushima, a pianist and musicologist who specializes in concert music in Barcelona; and Patricia Caicedo, a talented soprano and musicologist, as well as the director of the Barcelona Festival of Song.

These three talented individuals are joining William Aaron Clark, Miriam Perandones Lozando, John Watson Milton, Marry Ann Newman, Mònica Pagès, Douglas Riva, Anna Tonna, and Antoni Pizà. More details are sure to follow.

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A Successful Conference

4 April 2014: Earlier this month, the Foundation hosted the first international conference devote to the Spanish cinematic soundscape: Displacing the Voice. The conference brought together scholars from Spain and across the United States, and explored topics as diverse as politics, transnationalism, the avant-garde, memory, and the voice.

Conferences such as these are vital to the scholarly community, as they foster both awareness and cooperation. So in light of this successful event, the Foundation would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to all those who participated.

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The Global Reach of the Fandango

April 17, 2015: The Foundation is hosting an upcoming conference on the history and scope of the fandango. Emerging from the Atlantic slave trade with its cataclysmic remaking of the Western world, the fandango was born in the ports of Cádiz, Veracruz, Sao Paolo and Havana, and proliferated throughout Europe and the Americas. Widely dispersed in terms of geography, class, and cultural reference, the fandango’s many faces reflect a diversity of exchange across what was once the Spanish Empire.

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A Call for Papers

February 25, 2014: The Foundation for Iberian Music at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York invites paper proposals for a conference on the music of Enrique Granados (1867-1916). The conference will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York, in the Spring of 2016. Devoted to a reexamination of Granados’s life and works, the conference will be held on the occasion of the centenary of his death. All topics relating to Granados, his music, and cultural context may be submitted.

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Displacing the Voice: Popular Music in Spanish Cinema

4 April 2014: The Foundation for Iberian Music at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York is proud to sponsor the first international conference focused on the Spanish cinematic soundscape. From the 1990s onwards the aural dimension of cinema has become an established field of research, but it has not been until much recently that scholars have started paying attention to how Spanish cinema sounds and how sound articulates the representation and negotiation of wider social-historical phenomena.

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A Successful Performance

22-23 March 2014: The recent performance of Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo was a resounding success. The concert featured musical accompaniment by the Foundation’s arists-in-residence, Perspectives Ensemble. Antoni Pizà, director of the Foundation, participated in a pre-concert roundtable discussion, alongside choreographer Igal Perry and renowned author Antonio Muñoz Molina. The concert was also the subject of a recent article by Muñoz Molina, who praised the energetic singing of cantaora Rocio Bazan, and remarked on the enthusiasm of the audience.

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