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

Advance buzz for El Greco: el viaje musical

Spanish early music group the Capella de Ministrers have landed in NYC for a week of concerts, beginning at the Hispanic Society on Thursday and continuing through Saturday in a series co-sponsored by the Foundation, at the Metropolitan Museum. The Capella will be performing works from their recent recording of music from the places central to El Greco’s life, El viaje musical, to celebrate El Greco’s 400th anniversary.


Antoni Piza book reissue

Spanish baroque enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that the Foundation director, Antoni Pizà’s, book on the composer Francesc Guerau has recently been reissued, with a beautiful new cover. Francesc Guerau: i el seu temps is available once more from its original publisher, Edicions Documenta Balear.


El Greco in New York

The Foundation is co-sponsoring a concert with the Metropolitan Museum to commemorate the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death. Renowned early music ensemble Capella de Ministrers will present a program from their release “El Greco, El Viaje Musical,” which celebrates music iconic to the important places in El Greco’s life.


Further Casablancas Excitement

As we announced last week, Song, Dance, and Celebration, the Foundation for Iberian Music’s commission from Benet Casablancas, will soon have its Canadian premiere. This week, we have more good news for Casablancas fans, in NYC and abroad. Click for other upcoming concerts!


Canada premiere of “Dance, Song, and Celebration”

Dance, Song, and Celebration, the Foundation for Iberian Music’s 2012 commission from distinguished composer Benet Casablancas, will soon have its Canada premiere in Toronto.

Croatia’s Cantus Ensemble joins the Canadian Sinfonietta for a program dedicated to contemporary composers, which features Casablancas’ work alongside Michael Pepa (Canada), Berislav Šipuš (Croatia), and Mirela Ivičević (Croatia).


Perspectives Ensemble review in Scherzo Magazine

Madrid classical music magazine, Scherzo, reviews the Perspective Ensemble‘s recording Montsalvatge (Naxos) in their current (October 2014) issue! The Perspectives Ensemble is a resident artist at the Foundation for Iberian Music. This album echoes their 2012  program from the Morgan Library and Museum‘s concert celebrating the centenary of Catalonian composer Xavier Montsalvatge. Read the review below.


Reminder: “Passion and Playfulness,” upcoming lecture-recital with pianist Joseph Smith

MONDAY! October 27! 11 am! Join us at City College (Shephard Hall, Rm. 95) for an informative morning of wonderful Latin piano music.


Postmodernity’s Musical Pasts: Rediscoveries and Revivals after 1945 (abstracts)

The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation The City University of New York, The Graduate Center, 26–27 March 2015 Organized by Tina Frühauf Michael Arnold (University of Miami), The Restorative and Reflective Roots of Indie Neofado Nostalgia. Svetlana Boym considers restorative nostalgia via Eric Hobsbawn’s (1983) differentiation between the invariable nature of [...]