Reginald Smith Brindle was an English
composer best known for his works for guitar, but he also wrote works for percussion,
orchestras, and electronic instruments, as well as numerous articles and books on modern
music, including serialism, composition, and percussion. The
Reginald Smith Brindle Collection documents Brindle’s professional life as a
composer, arranger, professor, and author. The collection includes original scores,
recordings of his music, letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, articles, notes for
performers of his compositions, and an unpublished autobiography.
Reginald Smith Brindle was born on January 5, 1917 in Cuerdon, Lancashire, England, to
Robert Smith Brindle, a livestock breeder, and Jane Brindle, a homemaker. He attended
Hutton Grammar School in Preston, Lancashire, where he skipped several grades and from
which he graduated at age fifteen. Apprenticed to a local architect by his father after
graduation, he joined the military as a member of the Royal Engineers, serving in Africa
and Italy. In Florence, he met his future wife, Giulietta Borsi, whom he married in
1947; they had one son and three daughters. He studied music at the University College
of North Wales in Bangor and independently in Italy, and was professor at his alma mater
and at the University of Surrey.
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)
of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge.
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This collection is open for research use.