Symphonic & Chamber Music Score and Parts Bank
A Thematic Catalogue of the Facsimile Archive of 18th and early 19th Century Autographs, Manuscripts, and Printed Copies at the Ph.D. Program in Music of the Graduate School of the City University of New York
Ruth Halle Rowen
The Symphonic and Chamber Music Bank of the Ph.D. Program in Music at the Graduate School of the City University of New York is an archive of 18th and 19th century reproductions assembled with a special purpose. Pertinent parts and scores have been culled from libraries and collections world-wide, bringing a lesser-known notated music to a central locationfor further intensive study. The archive, which has been expanding steadily since 1974, was conceived by Professor Barry Brook, the first Executive Officer of the CUNY Music Department. This work presents the compositional sources – the compositions heard in the classical salons, courts, and concert halls – which did not necessarily make their way into the current repertoire. Excluded are the bulk of the works of the masters – Haydn, Mozart , and Beethoven – which have already been catalogued extensively and are constantly being updated. Included are any compositions from the early 1700’s through the1830’s which have survived. These building blocks of yesteryear are the foundation for a penetrating rediscovery and assessment of music in the Classic Era.
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