Claire Brook

Claire Brook made important innovations to publishing as the music editor of W.W. Norton, such as including CD recordings with music textbooks. Brook earned a master’s in composition from Columbia in 1947 and studied music in Paris for a year, but faced too many barriers as a female composer and changed to a career in publishing. She became managing editor of RILM Abstracts of Music Literature in 1968 before moving to W.W. Norton in 1969, where she served as music editor until her promotion to vice president in 1979, a post she held until her retirement in 1992. Brook believed in the importance of commercial presses publishing music books despite their lack of profitability, and maintained a balance of specialized and popular books on music. She also wrote extensively on musicology, with guides to the music of various European countries. In 1995 she returned to composing with “Four Songs from ‘Six Significant Landscapes.'” In 1982 Brook received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College.

Topics: Music, Publishing

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Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

Date of Death

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