Barry S. Brook and Malena Kuss Collection: The Universe of Music: A History, 1979-2007 | Music Library
By UNT Music Library and Malena Kuss
|Title:||Barry S. Brook and Malena Kuss Collection: The Universe of Music: A History, 1979-2007|
|Primary Creator:||Barry S. Brook and Malena Kuss|
|Subjects:||Music--Historiography--Africa, Sub-Saharan., Music--Historiography--Asia., Music--Historiography--Caribbean., Music--Historiography--Europe., Music--Historiography--Latin America., Music--Historiography--Middle East., Music--Historiography--North America., Music--Historiography--Oceania., Music--Historiography—Africa, North.|
|Languages:||English, French, German, Spanish;Castilian, Portuguese, Russian|
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- Barcode 692553.
- Item 1: Parcel from Dr. Richard Moyle, University of Auckland. "Papers", 1999 March 20
- Cover sheet: "New Zealand, completed." The Universe of Music: A History: articles covering New Zealand for the volume on Oceania. Printed copies of articles with some correspondence and copies of contracts. The completed volume on Oceania includes over 100 articles covering Australia, New Zealand, and some of the Pacific Islands (see Table of Contents). Mervyn McLean (b. 1930), University of Auckland, served as original Coordinator for Oceania; when his health declined, Richard Moyle assumed the coordinatorship of this volume.
- Item 2: Parcel from Dr. Richard Moyle, University of Auckland. "Papers", 1999 March 20
- Cover sheet: "Island Oceania." See note on previous item.
- Folder 1: Music in the Life of Man African Authors, 1 of 2 correspondence, Nketia
- "1988-present." J. H. Kwabena Nketia was Coordinator of the UMH volume on Africa from the beginning of the project (1980) and one of its staunchest supporters. He was a member of the UMH Board of Directors (1983-2007), and, in addition of producing tables of contents and a number of feasibility studies, organized the "International Conference on African Music and Dance: Problems and Prospects" at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center, October 12-16, 1992. The conference yielded 19 “Working Documents” by top Africanists such as Steven Knopoff, Eddie Meadows, Jacqueline C. DjeDje, Kazadi wa Mukuna, Veit Erlmann, Lester P. Monts, Ruth M. Stone, and Kofi Agawu, among others. Copy of Working Documents, in the possession of Malena Kuss, will become a part of the UNT Barry S. Brook/Malena Kuss Collection in the near future.
- Folder 2: Africa - Nketia - proposal to Rockefeller Center Music/Dance, 1991
- See note on previous item.
- Folder 3: Nketia Volume V Africa - report for Madrid, 1992 April
- International Musicological Society, XVth Congress, Madrid/1992, session on The Universe of Music: A History (UMH) chaired by Barry S. Brook, with participation of coordinators and reports by a number of contributing scholars.
- Folder 4: Music in the Life of Man African Authors, 1 of 2 correspondence, Nketia
- Folder 5: Nketia: The Performing Musician in a Changing Society
- Folder 6: Africa in the World of Music and suggested contributors to the volume on African music (Nketia)
- Folder 7: Nketia: Sources of historical data - Africa
- Folder 8: Africa: Geocultural study (Nketia)
- All coordinators were commissioned geocultural studies of the specific regions under their charge. This UMH Collection includes all the geocultural studies and bibliographies of sources that preceded coverage of each region. The bibliographies were published in-house by the International Music Council (IMC) of UNESCO in 1984. Garland subsequently published Japanese Music: An Annotated Bibliography (Garland Bibliographies in Ethnomusicology, vol. 2, 1986) by Tsuge Gen'ichi, Coordinator of the UMH volumes on Asia in collaboration with Trân Van Khê.
- Folder 9: Music in the Life of Man - Africa - clarified, includes "Musical survey of northern Kenya"
- Folder 10: Africa - Author (Madagascar) - Domenichini-Ramiaramanana, Bakoly
- Folder 11: Ashenafi Kebede, Music in Afro-Asiatic Cultures: The Role of Music in Jewish and Christian Communities of the Near East and the Nile River Civilizations
- Ashenafi Kebede (1938-1998) was an Ethiopian composer, ethnomusicologist, conductor, and poet. See also: next two items.
- Folder 12: African author: Kebede - correspondence
- Folder 13: Kebede: Music in Afro-Asiatic Cultures
- Folder 14: The Universe of Music: A History: Africa author Emmanuel Gyimah Labi (University of Ghana)
- Folder 15: Music in the Life of Man: Africa authors: I. Mwesa Mapoma
- Folder 16: Africa: Authors / Lupwishi Mbuyamba correspondence
- Lupwishi Mbuyamba, from Zaire/Democratic Republic of Congo, was President of the International Music Council (1988-1991). See also: next three items.
- Folder 17: The Universe of Music: A History: Africa: author L. Mbuyamba
- See also: folders 16, 18, and 19 for Mbuyamba.
- Folder 18: Mbuyamba: Les principaux instruments de musique ... Peuples de l'Afrique Centrale
- See also: previous two items.
- Folder 19: Photocopy: Lupwishi Mbuyamba, "Les très riches heures de la musique en Afrique", 1991
- Stockholm: Publications de L'Académie Royale Suedoise de Musique No. 70. Under Hans Åstrand, Secrétaire Perpétuel of The Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm, this institution provided unswerving support for the UMH project. After the death of the Swedish scholar Ingmar Bengtsson (1920-1989), Coordinator of the volumes on Europe, Hans Åstrand and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music assumed the coordinatorship of the volumes on Europe. Åstrand also organized planning meetings of the project at the Academy in Stockholm in 1984 and 1991.
- Folder 20: Music in the Life of Man Africa: E. T. Mensah correspondence
- E. T. Mensah, Ghanaian musician (1919-1996).
- Folder 21: The Universe of Music: A History: Africa / authors Mensah chapter
- Folder 22: The Universe of Music: A History: Africa author Kazadi wa Mukuna
- Folder 23: Music in the Life of Man: Africa authors: Washington Ambrose Omondi / correspondence
- Omondi was a professor at Kenyatta University.
- Folder 24: Africa: authors - Adepo Yapo (Ivory Coast)
- Folder 25: Preliminary reports from meetings in 1979, 1980, 1981 (Bayreuth, including unofficial report), 1982 (Strasbourg), 1979-1982
- Folder 26: World History of Music - Meetings, Paris, 1979 October 29-30
- World History of Music, still untitled, perhaps first meeting on the UMH project.
- Folder 27: World History of Music - Meetings, UNESCO Paris, 1980 September 1-4
- World History of Music, meetings. The International Music Council (IMC) was a part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the time.
- Folder 28: World History of Music - Meetings, Berlin, 1980 September 2-3
- World History of Music, meetings in Berlin, at the International Institute for Traditional Music whose journal, The World of Music, published the earliest article on the UMH project (Vol. 22, "Towards a World History of Music," 1980/3). The history of the journal began in 1959, when it was founded as The World of Music. Bulletin of the International Music Council. In 1967, it turned into The World of Music, Quarterly Journal of the International Music Council (UNESCO) in association with the International Institute for Comparative Music Studies and Documentation (Berlin), founded in 1963 and later renamed International Institute for Traditional Music (IITM). From 1975 until 1987, the journal was edited by Ivan Vandor; and, from 1988 until 2007, by Max Peter Baumann (contributor on Bolivia in the published volume 1, Performing Beliefs: Indigenous Peoples of South America, Central America, and Mexico, edited by Malena Kuss in the series Music in Latin America and the Caribbean: An encyclopedic history, which represents coverage of the region in the Universe of Music project [University of Texas Press, 2004]). Also active at the Berlin Institute was Habib Hassan Touma (1934–1998), Palestinian composer and ethnomusicologist who specialized in the study of Arabic music and was Coordinator of the UMH “Arab” volume until his untimely death in 1998.
- Folder 29: World History of Music - Meetings, São Paulo, 1980 November 27-28
- World History of Music, meeting in São Paulo, Brazil. Organized by Brazilian composer Marlos Nobre as President of Brazil’s National Music Council. At this meeting and symposium on African Influences on Latin American and Caribbean Music chaired by J. H. Kwabena Nketia and sponsored by the Brazilian National Committee of the International Music Council (IMC/UNESCO), in cooperation with Brazil’s Ministry of Education and Culture, São Paulo, Brazil, November 21-26, 1980, Malena Kuss presented a paper on “Neo-African retentions in 20th-century operas by Brazilian composers.” At the meeting on the incipient world history of music, Nketia proposed Malena Kuss as Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean. Kuss, instead, proposed the Chilean Samuel Claro Valdés, who, at the time, was president of Chile’s National Music Council of the International Music Council (IMC/UNESCO). In turn, Claro Valdés, in 1983, asked Malena Kuss to Co-Coordinate the regional volume with him; in 1993 Samuel Claro Valdés resigned due to illness and Malena Kuss became the sole coordinator of the volume on Latin America and the Caribbean. Barry Brook endured metastatic cancer for several months and had surgery for a brain tumor in April of 1994. From 1994 until 2007, Malena Kuss actively coordinated the entire UMH project, which in 1997 became an independent legal entity (no longer associated with the International Music Council/UNESCO) under her executive directorship. In May of 1997, Barry S. Brook transferred to Malena Kuss all legal rights and responsibilities related to the UMH project. After Barry Brook’s death on December 7, 1997, Kuss published two volumes on Latin America and the Caribbean (Performing Beliefs: Indigenous Peoples of South America, Central America, and Mexico; and Performing the Caribbean Experience, published by University of Texas Press in 2004 and 2007, respectively). Volumes 3 and 4 were completed and typeset, but lack of funds did not permit publication. Kuss funded the preparation and typesetting of volumes 1 through 4 from her personal resources; she is still planning to publish some iconic contributions to volumes 3 and 4 written by a group of prestigious scholars.
- Folder 30: World History of Music - Meetings, Paris, 1981 June 24
- "Berlin" written in pencil on label. World History of Music, preliminary meetings.
- Folder 31: Music in the Life of Man - early correspondence, up to Bayreuth meeting, 1979-1982
- Folder 32: World History of Music - Meetings, Bayreuth, 1981 September 20-24
- Initial meeting of the board of directors.
- Folder 33: World History of Music: Réunion du Bureau les 4 et 5 Janvier 1983: Réunion de la Commission Internationale pour une Histoire Scientifique et Culturelle de l'humanité du 6 au 8 Janvier 1983., 1983 January 4-5, 6-8
- World history of music, meeting of the International Commission for a Scientific and Cultural History of Humanity, a UNESCO project in six volumes (1952-1968) whose revision was undertaken by UNESCO by a resolution approved in 1979-1980, at the time Barry S. Brook proposed Music in the Life of Man / The Universe of Music: A History, to the International Music Council, of which he was President between 1981 and 1983.