William Brooks Papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

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Biographical Materials and Calendars

Correspondence

Course Papers and Instructional Resources

School of Music

Writings, Presentations and Research

Music Composition and Performance Programs

Audio-Visual Recordings



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Collection Overview

Title: William Brooks Papers, 1936-2013Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/5/31

Primary Creator: Brooks, William (1943-)

Extent: 24.05 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized in seven series: Series 1: Biographical Materials and Calendars, 1943-2003; Series 2: Correspondence, 1964-2011; Series 3: Course Papers and Instructional Resources, 1970-2002; Series 4: School of Music; Series 5: Writings, Presentations and Research, 1936-2000; Series 6: Music Composition and Performance Programs, 1961-2012; Series 7: Audio-Visual Recordings, 1964-1992.

Date Acquired: 03/30/2001. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Cage, John, Faculty Papers, Music, Music, School of, Music - United States, Musical Repertoires, Music Composition, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Teaching, Vocal music

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of correspondence; teaching materials including lectures notes, student records and evaluations, and student dissertations; audio-visual recordings; research notes; and original compositions documenting Brooks' career as a student, composer, performer, musicologist, and educator at the University of Illinois [UIUC] (1969-1973 and 1987-2000), University of California at Santa Cruz [UCSC] (1973-1975); University of California at San Diego [UCSD] (1975-1977); University of Keele (1977-1978), Middlebury College (1982), the Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College (1983), Goldsmiths College, London (1995-1996), and University of York (2006). Organized in seven series: Series 1: Biographical Materials and Calendars, 1943-2003; Series 2: Correspondence, 1964-2011; Series 3: Course Papers and Instructional Resources, 1970-2002; Series 4: School of Music; Series 5: Writings, Presentations and Research, 1936-2000; Series 6: Music Compositions and Performance Programs, 1961-2012; Series 7: Audio-Visual Recordings, 1964-1992. Of particular interest are Brooks's research and publications on John Cage and his research collaborations with the editors of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and Gilbert Chase.

Biographical Note

William Brooks (1943-) is an American composer, performer, conductor, musicologist, and educator. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music and mathematics from Wesleyan University (1965), and his Master of Music in musicology (1971) and Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition-theory (1976) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Brooks served on the music faculty at the University of Illinois between 1969-1973 and 1987-2000 as Professor of Composition, Director of the Contemporary Chamber Singers, and Chair of the Composition-Theory Division for many years. His other faculty positions included appointments at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1973-1975) and University of California, San Diego (1975-1977). Between 1977 and 1987 he worked as a freelance composer, scholar and performer. Brooks has also held visiting appointments at the University of Keele (1977-1978), Middlebury College (1982), the Institute for Studies in American Music, Brooklyn College (1983), and Goldsmiths College, London (1995-1996). He was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium (2009-2010). Brooks also served as Associate Professor Emeritus of Composition and Theory at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1987-2000), and beginning in 2000 became Reader in Music at the University of York.  He became full Professor in 2006.

Brooks is closely associated with John Cage as both a performer and scholar.  He played in the world premiere of Cage's HPSCHD and directed several productions of Cage's Song Books. Brooks has published extensively on 20th-century American music, especially on John Cage and Charles Ives, vocal music, popular music, and musical instruments. He served as the adviser for the article, "19th-century Music," for The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is composer of American experimental music whose work focuses on mappings between music and other fine arts. He has received commissions from the British Arts Council (1978), the Gulbenkian Foundation (1981) and the Kronos Quartet (1986). In addition his research and compositions have been sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Fulbright Scholar program.

Subject/Index Terms

Cage, John
Faculty Papers
Music
Music, School of
Music - United States
Musical Repertoires
Music Composition
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Teaching
Vocal music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: Additions acquired 12/20/2002, 5/23/2012, 8/6/2013, 12/2/2013 (items from Northwestern University acquired on this date), March 27, 2017, and July 2, 2021 (transfer from the Music and Performing Arts Library).

Acquisition Source: William Brooks

Acquisition Method: Gift

Processing Information: The Brooks Papers were re-processed in June 2012 by the LIS590AA class to accomodate the significant addition of materials that were donated to the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music in May 2012. Additions made on 8/6/2013 were processed on 8/7/2013.


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Series 4: School of Music, 1987-2000Add to your cart.
Consists of concert programs, School of Music memorandums, graduate entrance listening exam questions, reference letters, and project files documenting the general administration of the School of Music as well as specific School of Music projects Brooks was involved in during his final years at the University of Illinois.
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