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Lives in MusicSeries Editor: Claire Brook
Here the reader will find a collection of critical biographies on a variety of musicians—composers, performers, scholars—each one outstanding for their contributions. Their importance may be as representatives of a national style (Nicole Breton) or of a significant period (Chevalier de Saint George) or of a performing or compositional technique (Hugues Cuenod and Francis Poulenc). These books very often bring out previously unknown but important information about the fascinating lives of the artists of music.
Claire Brook is a writer, editor, and composer whose career is most distinguished by her work in publishing. She was managing editor of RILM Abstracts of Music Literature from 1968 to 1969. She then became associate music editor at W.W. Norton in 1969, followed by promotion to music editor in 1973. Ultimately, she became vice president at Norton in 1979, a post she held until her retirement in 1992. A native of New York, Brook received her education at the City University of New York, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1945, and at Columbia University, from which she received her master’s degree in 1947. Following her university education, she studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in 1947-1948. In the 1950s, in part because of the difficulties faced by women composers, she gave up her career in composition in favor of publishing. iN 1995, she returned to composition and published “Four Songs from ‘Six Significant Landscapes’” as part of the series Art Songs by American Women Composers.