In 1997 twenty-five years after its first publication Thematic Catalogues in Music-An Annotated Bibliography (Pendragon Press 1972 will appear in a completely revised and expanded Second Edition. It will contain almost twice as many entries as its predecessor; virtually every one of the original entries has been updated; and the following noteworthy features have been added-1. A second introductory essay detailing trends and innovations in thematic cataloguing brought about by the revolution in technology of the past twenty years. 2. Appendices listing thematic catalogues in series; both by national organizations and publishers; a detailed up-to-date country-by-country report of activities worldwide; a listing of major computerize d databanks. 3. New double-column format. 4. Numerous illustrations and reproductions of pages from thematic catalogues of historical significance. The second edition continues the policy of listing all known thematic catalogues and indexes including tho se in doctoral dissertations masters essays and computer databanks as well as in-progress and unpublished works plus reviews and literature about thematic cataloguing.
The original numbering of the 1972 entries has been retained with new items ap pearing in proper alphabetical/chronological sequence but with the addition of decimal numbers and/or letters. (363.1 or 960a.) Lastly the original historical introduction and special appendices of the first edition have been retained with emendations where needed.
Barry S. Brook:
(November 1, 1918, New York City – December 7, 1997, New York City) received his masters’ degree from Columbia University, where he studied with P.H. Lang, Erich Hertzmann, Hugh Ross, and Roger Sessions, in 1942; he received the doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1959. He became a fellow at City College, New York (1940–42), continued at Queens College (1945–89), and founded the graduate program in music at the City University of New York in 1967; he served as the program’s Executive Officer until his retirement in 1989.
Dr. Brook taught frequently at the University of Paris (Sorbonne). In 1984, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique asked him to design a new doctoral program in musicology at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Along with his duties at City University, he spent much time teaching in that new program in Paris.
Brook’s research interests included Renaissance secular music, 18th- and 19th-century music and aesthetics, music iconography, and thesociology of music. He served as editor of a facsimile edition of the Breitkopf Thematic Catalogues (New York, 1966), an important source for the identification and dating of 18th-century compositions. His interest in music bibliography and its history led him to found RILM, the first international bibliography of music scholarship, in 1966; he served as the project’s Editor-in-Chief until 1989.
Although he was known principally for his work in classical music, in the later years of his life Dr. Brook became fascinated with ethnomusicology. He often sought out and trained budding music historians in how to bring their reports and studies of local music traditions into the mainstream, academic world of music history.