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Barry S. Brook

Academic journal article Notes

Barry S. Brook

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Barry S. Brook (1918-1997) was the consummate educator. Yes, he taught at Queens College; yes, he started and chaired the music program at the City University of New York Graduate School; yes, he chaired the graduate musicology program at the Juilliard School; and yes, he supervised dozens of doctoral dissertations. But in addition, he actually invented two of our basic Four R's: RILM and RIdIM.

RILM was an idea whose time came only because Barry made it come. The computer of the early 1960s was an ugly teenage monster whose nascent talents Barry was sure could be harnessed for a good cause - to gain bibliographic control over the burgeoning literature of music. Ex nihilo, he created RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and nurtured it from its uneasy infancy to its present robust state. Not one to rest on his laurels (indeed, not one to rest much at all), Barry then proceeded to cofound RIdIM, which, together with the research center he established at CUNY, does for music iconography what RISM and RILM do for bibliography.

Among a multitude of accomplishments, Barry untangled the mysteries of Pergolesi attributions and helped us navigate the muddy field of thematic indexes and catalogs. …

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