The 18th-Century Symphony Archive

1720-1840

sinfonia2This project has resulted in the publication of 550 hitherto unavailable symphonic scores in sixty volumes (and a thematic catalogue) by Garland Publishing. The materials from this project form a valuable archive of microfilms and photocopies of some 3,600 original sources (scores and parts), both for those symphonies that were published by Garland and for many others. As such, it is probably the largest archive of 18th-century symphonies in the United States. It is available at the Brook Center for use by scholars of the 18th-century symphony as well as students and conductors for whom its resources are vital. Ruth Halle Rowen’s Symphonic and Chamber Music Score and Parts Bank Thematic Catalogue of the Barry S. Brook Facsimile Archive (Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon, 1996) has served as a catalogue to the collection.

A new complete catalogue of the collection is in progress. This preliminary catalogue will be updated on a periodic basis. For the most part the catalogue is organized by composer’s last name. Instrumentation is listed using standard abbreviations. Publishers, libraries, and additional information appear as found on the materials. The catalogue is being compiled by Murray Citron and Michele Smith.

Contact information:

Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, Director
Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

(212) 817-1991 (tel.)
(212) 817-1569 (fax)

cmrd@gc.cuny.edu