The Reginald Smith Brindle Collection documents Brindle’s professional life as a composer, arranger, professor, and author. The collection includes scores, recordings of his music, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, articles, and notes for performances. The collection contains multiple versions of the same composition, sometimes in the form of revisions, sometimes as versions for different instruments. Correspondence and lecture notes are sparse, and teaching materials are not part of this collection. It is divided into three series: Music Scores and Recordings (1949-2000), Publications, Presentations, and Correspondence (1920-1998), and Programs and Reviews (1951-1992).
Series I, Music Scores and Recordings, has been divided into two subseries. Subseries A, Works Composed or Arranged by Brindle (1949-2000), consists of approximately 325 music scores and recordings of Brindle’s compositions, with the bulk of them having been produced between 1960 and 1995. Most of the recordings were produced in England, while his compositions were written and published in Italy and Great Britain. Also included in this series is correspondence with performers and publishers related to these compositions. Subseries B, Works by Other Composers (1989-1998) contains scores and recordings Brindle used as source materials for his own compositions, as well as arrangements and recordings given to him by other composers of their own work. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically by existing title.
Series II, Publications, Presentations and Correspondence features Brindle's articles on music, notes for his books, poetry, and an unpublished autobiography. It also includes correspondence with the Italian composer Bruno Bartolozzi, the Clements Memorial Prize committee, the English guitarist Julian Bream, his publishers in England and Italy, and the BBC. Most of the items in this series are excerpts from magazines, drafts for articles to be published, and notes for lectures or awards ceremonies. The bulk of material in this series is dated 1948 to 1998, and is arranged alphabetically.
Series III, Programs and Reviews, consists of reviews of, and programs for, performances of his music. The majority of the performances reviewed took place in Italy and Great Britain. The bulk of of this material us dated 1960-1992, and the series is arranged alphabetically.