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
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

Spanish Baroque Choral Music at the Hispanic Society

Meridionalis, the choral group of the Americas Society, will do a free concert of early Spanish music on December 8: “Luna sin mancha, Sol sin ocaso.” The program features polychoral works from the Hispanic Society’s Olmeda Collection, which includes composers such as Tomás Luis de Victoria, Juan de Madrid, Mateo Romero, Diego de Cáseda, and Manuel de Egüés. These works, for multiple choirs with instrumental accompaniment, represent the pinnacle of early Spanish liturgical music.


Overflow Room for Taruskin Lecture Tomorrow

Advance registrations for tomorrow’s Lloyd Old Lecture, “The Many Dangers of Music,” with Richard Taruskin and Scott Burnham (with a piano interlude by Adam Kent), have been wildly successful. Tickets for the event are fully booked and we highly recommend that ticket holders arrive early. We expect a full house and latecomers may not be able find any available seats.
However, there is good news for those who arrive late or were unable to make reservations! There will be an overflow room in the Segal Theater…


RCMI to be on CUNY TV

CUNY TV will feature the Brook Center’s own Zdravko Blazekovic in an upcoming episode of Study with the Best! The series highlights professors, students, and programs at CUNY campuses. Blazekovic has worked with Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale  (RILM), the world’s premiere database of music literature, since 1987 and he directs the Research Center for Music […]


Composer’s Commission Recipients Receive National Award for Music

We at the Foundation for Iberian Music are very proud of composer Antoni Parera Fons, who has just been awarded the 2016 Premio Nacional de Música (National Award for Music). The Spanish government awards two prizes annually, one for creation (composition) and one for interpretation (such as performance or musicology). In addition to the prestige, recipients are awarded 30,000 euros.

Parera received the Foundation’s Composer’s Commission in 2008, for which he composed Mentum


The Arrival of Rock in Spain

This week, Teresa Fraile gave a lecture at the Graduate Center on the arrival of rock music in Spain. Fraile is Professor of Didactics of Music at Universidad de Extremadura (Spain), president of Sibe (Sociedad de Etnomusicología), and past visiting scholar at the Foundation for Iberian Music.

Her lecture looked at the infrequently explored relationship between Spain and the US when it comes to the development of rock music. Many assume that the Franco regime did not allow foreign trends, according to Fraile, but she argues that in spite of Franco’s reign, Spanish popular music received many varied foreign influences


“Cant de les Estrelles” Concert Preview, Feb 2

As we’ve previously announced, our ongoing Granados Celebration will be capped with a performance of Grandos’s masterpiece, Cant de les Estrelles, by the Voices of Ascension, on February 9 at the Church of Ascension in NYC.

One week before this concert, 6:30–8:30 on February 2, the Voices of Ascension will hold a concert preview and lecture at the Graduate Center’s Elebash Recital Hall. This preview event is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception.


Billboard Picks GC Professors in Top 100 Books

Last month, Billboard published its list of the top 100 music books. The list includes everything from the lyrics to Hamilton to rock stars’ autobiographies and neuroscience. We were delighted to learn that a guest speaker at last year’s Lloyd Old and Constance Old Lecture Series, Greil Marcus, had his book Mystery Train chosen for the list–and in the impressive position of #6!


Listening with the Eyes: Sound Art in Spain

Through January 15, 2017, the Fundación Juan March is exhibiting Spanish sound-art. “Escuchar con los ojos: Arte sonoro en españa 1961–2016″ opened this month in Madrid. Sound art works were first exhibited in Spain in 1961 and the exhibition functions as both a retrospective and showcase of significant new work. Foundation for Iberian Music director Antoni Pizà contributed some materials to the exhibit, including an essay…