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

Keynote Speaker for “The Global Reach of the Fandango” Announced

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Elisabeth Le Guin will be joining us as the keynote speaker for our upcoming Spring 2015 conference, Spaniards, Indians, Africans, and Gypsies: the Global Reach of the Fandango in Music, Song, and Dance. Dr. Le Guin is a Professor of Musicology at UCLA. She is most recently the [...]


NPR’s Brooke Gladstone to join David Harrington

Earlier, we announced that the 2014 entry in the Lloyd and Constance Old Lectures on 21st-Century Music will be a conversation with Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington. “Who will be conversing with Mr. Harringon?” you may have wondered. In answer to that question, we are pleased to announce that Brooke Gladstone, editor and host of [...]


Composer’s Commission 2013

June 5, 2014: The Foundation is excited to announce that the 2013 composer’s commission has been awarded to Albert Guinovart. A Catalan pianist and composer, Guinovart studied music at the Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona. He is currently teaching composition at ESMUC (Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña), a position he has held since 2002. Guinovart’s music has been performed around the world, and has also been featured in several films.


CFP: The Global Reach of the Fandango

The Foundation for Iberian Music at The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation at the CUNY Graduate Center will host a conference on the global reach of the fandango at CUNY’s Segal Theater on April 17, 2015. The Foundation invites interested scholars, graduate students, and practitioners including musicians and dancers to propose presentations on all subjects related to the fandango.


Granados Centenary Performance

A major highlight of the Granados Centenary celebrations will be the performance in New York of the long-lost masterpiece Cant de les estrelles (Song of the Stars) by Voices of Ascension, directed by Dennis Keene, with pianist Douglas Riva.


Video: Sharon Kanach, “Xenakis: Arts/Science…for starters…”

25 June 2014: XPA director Sharon Kanach’s keynote lecture at CIRMMT’s 2010 conference, “Xenakis: Arts/Science”, is now available to view on Youtube.


Granados: the Growing Board of Advisors

June 10, 2014: The advisors list for the Enrique Granados Centenary continues to grow with the addition of Jorge de Persia, Arturo Reverter, and Ángel Gil-Ordoñez. Jorge de Persia is a musicologist, professor, and music critic. Arturo Reverter is one of the most distinguished music critics in Spain; he was a founder of the important music magazine, Scherzo. Ángel Gil-Ordoñez is the director of the PostClassical Music Ensemble, and is often featured as a guest conductor with the Perspectives Ensemble, artist-in-residence at the Foundation


Gross Indecency: Sexual Phobia and the Trial of Oscar Wilde

A seminar with Richard A. Kaye Associate Professor of English at Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center James Melo Musicologist for the Ensemble for the Romantic Century and Senior Editor at RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Oscar Wilde’s multifaceted personality, his biting wit, and the brilliance of his artistic genius added sparkle and glamour to [...]