Eighteenth-Century Symphony Archive


sinfonia2The 18th-Century Symphony Archive is a valuable collection of microfilms and photocopies of some 3,600 original sources (scores and parts) documenting the history of the genre through its formative years.  It is likely the largest archive of 18th-century symphonies in the United States, and 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 print catalogue to the collection. As of 2019 a complete catalogue of the collection, compiled by Michele Smith and Murray Citron, is freely available online. 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 scores are being digitized, and when completed, the catalogue records will link to the respective digital scores.

The archive has resulted in the publication of 550 hitherto unavailable symphonic scores in 60 volumes (and a thematic catalogue), published by Garland Publishing. 


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)