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Brown, A. Peter
A. Peter Brown served as a member of the musicology faculty at the Indiana University School of Music from 1974 until his death in 2003. Brown's name is most closely associated with that of the composer Josef Haydn, on whom Brown wrote and co-authored no less than four books, as well as the critical score for Haydn's Die Schöpfung. Representing the whole of his scholarly career, this collection includes materials from Brown's time as a doctoral student, and as a scholar and teacher, comprised of correspondence, teaching files, grants materials, and research and writing files. Brown's research files make up the bulk of the collection.
43 cubic feet (43 boxes)
Materials are in English
Preferred citation:

[Item], A. Peter Brown papers, Collection C336, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.


Biographical / Historical:

Alfred Peter Brown II was born on April 30, 1943 to Alfred and Helen Brown in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance as well as a Master of Music degree and a Ph.D. in musicology from Northwestern University. Brown began his teaching career at the University of Hawaii. On March 30, 1968, he married Carol Vanderbilt. In 1974, Brown became a faculty member in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. In 1978, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for music research and took a leave of absence from IU for the 1978-1979 academic year. Brown was recommended for tenure in 1978 and was promoted from associate professor to full professor in 1981. At the time of his death, Brown was professor and chairperson of the Department of Musicology.

Brown is most widely recognized for his research on composer Franz Josef Haydn. Brown wrote and co-authored several books on the composer and the critical score for Die Schopfung (The Creation). The Creation is an oratorio (a large-scale musical work for orchestra and voices) written by Haydn between 1797 and 1798. Brown is also recognized for his four-volume series, Symphonic Repertoire, which was completed by his colleagues following his death. In addition to Haydn, Brown also dedicated significant portions of his research and writing to Carlos d'Ordonez, the music publisher de Guera, Antonia Caldera, and classical trumpet music.

Brown died from cancer on March 10, 2003. The A. Peter Brown and Carol V. Brown Research Travel Fund at IU was set up by the Brown family to support research travel for graduate students in musicology.

Scope and Content:

This collection spans the whole of Peter Brown's professional career from 1974 to 2003. The Personal materials series includes items created during his time as a doctoral student at Northwestern University including a concert band program and schedule, several reviews written about his various books, and concert programs from Indiana University to which he contributed program notes. This series also includes his most recent curriculum vitae, dated one year before his death. The list of correspondents is quite lengthy, including many journal editors, publishers, librarians, and musicologists. Among these correspondents are: David Wyn Jones, Leonhard Scheuch, Andreas Jaschinski, Robert Schuneman, Walter Schenkman, Craig Parker, Somfai László, William S. Newman, Jan LaRue, H.C. Robbins Landon, Gerda Mraz, Herman Lang, Denes R. Betha, Eugene K. Wolf, James Webster, Vernon Gotwals, and Georg Feder. This series also includes correspondence with representatives of the Indiana University Foundation regarding possible donors for endowment funds for the musicology department.

The second series in this collection contains records relating to Brown's graduate education, student assistantships, and work on his dissertation. In the notes sub-series are Brown's notes on H.C. Robbins Landon's Romantic Crisis in Austrian Music as well as note on the stylistic periods of the medieval ages, the Renaissance, Classical period, Romantic period, and the Mannheim Symphonists. Brown also retained files on several 20th century composers. In addition to the well-known composers such as Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Lukas Foss, Ned Rorem, and Ian Xennakis are the somewhat lesser known composers Roy Harris, David Barger, William Bergsma, and Marc Blitzen. The sub-series encompassing materials created during Brown's teaching assistantship at Northwestern University include lecture notes, handouts, and transparencies discussing the music of Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Berlioz, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Sammartini, Verdi, and Wagner. The final sub-series under Education contains materials relating to Brown's Ph.D. dissertation "The Solo and Ensemble Keyboard Sonatas of Joseph Haydn: A Study of Structure and Style." This sub-series includes Brown's early notes and music examples as well as annotated drafts of the dissertation chapters.

Flowing from the Education series is the third series of the collection, Teaching materials. Within the first sub-series of course materials are items such as syllabi, exams, handouts, and lecture notes. Some of the courses represented here include Introduction to Musicology, Haydn, Survey of Music Literature, Mahler, Piano Literature, Mozart's Operas, and The Symphony. The second sub-series, doctoral advisory materials, includes materials related to Brian Hart's dissertation. The subject files sub-series contains notes and handouts relating to course topics.

The fourth series contains items relating to various grant applications and projects. Included in the series are records related to a Guggenheim fellowship. The majority of the series, however, is dedicated to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant that allowed Brown to conduct his seminar titled "Patterns of stylistic development in Haydn's music."

Comprising a large portion of the collection is the Writings series. The first sub-series, articles, includes edited drafts for most of Brown's numerous articles. Also found here are some drafts which appear to have not been published, including "Joseph Haydn in Context," "Haydn's Secular Vocal Music," Marianna Martines' Autobiography as a new Source for Haydn's Biography," and "Male Composers, Female Performers, and Haydn's Keyboard Music." Brown's articles are followed by a sub-series dedicated to his books, including Haydn: The Creation, (Edited by A. Peter Brown, August Eberhard Müller, Gottfried van Swieten, and John Milton. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), Joseph Haydn's Keyboard Music: Sources and Style, (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1986), and volumes two through four of the four-volume set Symphonic Repertoire. Included among these book materials are numerous edited drafts and proofs. While most of the editorial markings are anonymous, there is some correspondence with Christopher Hogwood regarding Haydn: The Creation, as well as drafts edited by Bertil van Boer, A. Bland, Reindl, and Luis F. Lopez. Brown's book materials are followed by the sub-series labeled conference papers. In addition to the often annotated reading copies of his papers, the conference papers sub-series also includes cassette tapes and slides of his musical examples. This is followed by a sub-series of liner notes and programs. Brown wrote liner notes for Decca and DGG. This sub-series also includes his transcripts for the P.B.S. program "Of Sound and Music." The writings series is closed out by a number of Brown's reviews of books by his contemporaries. Authors of books he reviewed include Manfred Huss, Jan LaRue, Simon Keefe, Sandra Rosenblum, and Neal Zazlaw.

By far the most extensive part of the collection is the series Research materials. The series begin with a sub-series of materials relating to volume three of Symphonic Repertoire. Included are Brown's notes on the composers represented by the volume, such as Bach, Balikirev, Benda, Berlioz, Dvořák, Lizst, and the Russian Five, among several others. This is followed by a sub-series of author files, consisting of annotated articles by several authors. In addition to articles by many of Brown's correspondents, also represented within this sub-series are Theodor Albrecht, Carl Dalhaus (specifically Harriss's 1985 translation of "Die Musik des 18.Jahrhunderts"), Edward J. Dent, Otto Erich Deutsch, Leo Schrader, Theodor Strakova, and several others. Notes and annotated articles about various composers form the second sub-series of composer files. In addition to smaller files on Berio, Berwald, Fibich, Foerster, Gyrowetz, Janaček, Parry, Pfitzner, and Sonneleiter, are extensive files on C.P.E. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Caldera, Challis, Grove, Gassman, de Guera, Mahler, Mozart, Pleyel, Raff, and Wagenseil. The composer files are followed by the sub-series subject files. A sampling of topics represented in the subject files sub-series include 19th-century English symphony, Austrian organs, copyists, trumpet music, Viennese theatre calendars, and watermark tracings. The research series is brought to an end with the bibliographic card files sub-series. This sub-series consists of note cards of bibliographic entries, many of which also bear brief annotations. These card files were organized by Brown into several groupings, including composers, Italian instrumental music, Symphonic Repertoire, Haydn, keyboard music, symphonic works by composer, and orchestras and orchestration.

Acquisition information:
Accession 2007/136, 2013/105
Appraisal information:

The larger portion of this collection was received in no self-evident pre-existing order. The present arrangement has been determined by the processor as a means of increasing accessibility of materials.

Custodial history:

Accn. 2007/136 transferred from Carol Brown to University Archives 24 September 2007 and Accn. 2013/105 transferred from the Musicology Department in 2013.

Processing information:

Processed by Lisa Hooper in 2007

Accn. 2013/105 added by Allison Haack in 2013.


The collection is arranged into six series, each further arranged into sub-series. The series Personal materials (1965-2000) includes correspondence, Brown's resume, award files, and news clippings. The second series, Education (1963-1990), is organized into the sub-series: notes (1963-1990), teaching assistantship materials (1967), and dissertation materials (1977-1983). Spanning from 1969 to 2003, the Teaching materials series is divided into three sub-series: course materials (1969-2003), doctoral advisory materials (1994) and subject files (undated). It is followed by the series Grant projects (1972-1996). Constituting a large portion of the collection is the Writings series (1970-2003). Writings are organized into the following sub-series: articles (1970-2003), books (1972-2003), conference papers (1970-2001), liner notes and programs (1988-1995), and reviews (1975-1993). The final series, Research, spans the period from 1944 to 2000. This series is further divided into the sub-series: Symphonic Repertoire vol. 3 materials (1962-2000), author files (c. 1972-1988), composer files (1944-1999), subject files (1965-1991) and bibliographic card files (undated). As the appearance of dates on materials is infrequent, only Brown's teaching materials are arranged chronologically. The remaining materials are arranged alphabetically within their series or sub-subseries. Brown's writings are arranged within sub-series alphabetically by composer and title.



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[Item], A. Peter Brown papers, Collection C336, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.

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