NAME: Michael Seyfrit

BIRTH DATE/LOCATION:
December 16, 1947, Lawrence, Kansas

DEATH DATE/LOCATION:
May 29, 1994, Portland, Oregon


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  • IDENTIFICATION AND BIO:
    Composer, Instrumentalist (baroque flute/baroque oboe/recorder), Writer, Teacher

    B.Mus., University of Kansas
    M.Mus., University of Kansas (1970)
    M.Mus., The Juilliard School (1972)
    D.M.A., University of Southern California (1974)

    Principal teachers included Darius Milhaud, Edward Mattila, Vincent Persichetti and Halsey Stevens.

    Teaching positions in composition, theory, organology, performance practice and baroque flute:
    Catholic University of America, Washington DC
    Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
    California State University, Fullerton

    Michael Seyfrit was born in Kansas and grew up in Pasco, Washington and Piqua, Ohio.

    In the course of a multifaceted career, Seyfrit did research and historical orchestrations for the Smithsonian Institution's Divisions of Musical Instruments and Performing Arts, and was Curator of Musical Instruments at the Library of Congress for four years. His writings include Musical Instruments in the Dayton C. Miller Collection at the Library of Congress, Volume I: Recorders, Fifes, and Simple System Transverse Flutes of One Key, and the articles on woodwind instruments in the 1986 edition of The New Harvard Dictionary of Music.

    As a composer, he received the Charles Ives Scholarship from the National Academy of Arts and Letters.

    As an instrumentalist on recorder, baroque oboe and baroque flute, Seyfrit performed and recorded with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and appeared with other ensembles including Hesperus, Wondrous Machine, Berkeley Collegium Musicum, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Early Music Guild of Oregon. His final years were spent on the West Coast, where he worked as a computer programmer.

    Michael Seyfrit died of AIDS in Portland, Oregon at the age of 46 on May 29, 1994.

    —Nurit Tilles

    WORKS:

    KEYBOARD

    Ballade
    for: piano
    date: 1968
    duration: 4:00
    published: American Composers Alliance

    Gamelan
    for: carillon
    date: ?
    duration: 2:00

    Interactions
    for: piano
    date: 1972
    duration: 18:00
    note: commissioned and premiered by Michael Boriskin
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Lost and Found
    for: organ
    date: 1979
    duration: 12:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Symphony for Carillon
    for: carillon
    date: 1974
    duration: 8:00
    published: American Composers Alliance

    Three Views of the Moon
    for: two pianos
    date: 1990
    duration: 20:45
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Variegations
    for: piano
    date: 1972
    duration: 7:00
    note: commissioned and premiered by Michael Boriskin
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    VOCAL/CHORAL

    It Is Love
    for: mezzo-soprano, tenor, piano
    date: 1991
    duration: 9:00
    text: Lewis Carroll
    note: "From the children's play Sylvie and Bruno by T. Brian Wagner and Michael Seyfrit."
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Remembering Our Friends (In Remembering Our Friends Who Have Died, They Live On)
    for: TTBB, optional falsetto voices and speakers, oboe, English horn, cello, piano
    date: 1988, revised 1990
    duration: 12:00
    text: by composer
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center
    note: AIDS-themed work

    Ritual
    for: tenor and piano
    date: 1992
    duration: 8:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Winter's Warmth
    for: bass voice, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, harp
    date: 1970
    duration: 8:00
    published: American Composers Alliance

    INSTRUMENTAL/CHAMBER

    And Still the Night Stars Shine
    for: violin, cello, marimba (or extended range marimba)
    date: 1991
    duration: 8:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Ascending and Descending
    for: handbell choir
    date: 1987
    duration: 7:00
    published: American Composers Alliance

    Brass Rings
    for: brass quintet
    date: 1971
    duration: 9:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Continuum Vacuum Residuum
    for: clarinet, English horn, trombone or cello, prepared piano (six hands)
    date: 1971
    duration: 15:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    A Dance of Life
    for: violin and piano
    date: 1989
    duration: 10:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Dupont Cycle
    for: clarinet, English horn, viola, marimba, prepared piano
    date: 1981
    duration: 13:00
    note: commissioned by Cesar Caceres
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Eight Love Poems
    for: oboe and piano
    date: 1988
    duration: 18:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center
    recorded ("Bill"): Matt Sullivan, oboe, Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano, Sudden Sunsets: Highlights from the Benson Series, Downtown Music Productions, Leonarda Records LE 354 (forthcoming).

    For One Alone
    for: clarinet
    date: 1972
    duration: 5:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Hymeneal (Wedding Suite)
    for: trumpet, violin, 2 violas, 2 cellos
    date: 1968
    duration: 12:00
    published: American Composers Alliance

    In Search Of
    for: clarinet, marimba, double bass
    date: 1975
    duration: 18:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Interplay
    for: recorder, violin, tape
    date: 1973
    duration: 12:05

    Latent Images
    for: piano, viola, clarinet, bassoon, cello, marimba
    date: 1973
    duration: 18:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Lost and Wandering
    for: antiphonal ensembles: 2 flutes, clarinet, 2 English horns, horn, trombone, 4 trumpets, marimba
    date: 1972
    duration: 12:00
    published: American Composers Alliance (rental)
    source: American Music Center

    Pages from My Diary
    for: flute or baroque flute
    date: 1990
    duration: 19:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Patchwork
    for: solo violin, solo marimba, alto flute, English horn, bass clarinet, 2 percussion
    date: 1972
    duration: 15:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Portal
    for: oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon
    date: 1973
    duration: 16:00
    note: commissioned by Joe and Joan Ceo, Friday Morning Music Clubs Composition Contest
    published: American Composers Alliance

    Serenade
    for: alto recorder (or flute) and harp
    date: 1969
    duration: 10:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Shadows and the Night Wind
    for: clarinet, alto flute, marimba, timpani
    date: 1970
    duration: 16:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Similes
    for: oboe, cello, 3 flutes, alto flute, 4 percussion
    date: 1970
    duration: 14:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Sleepwalk
    for: viola d'amore and harp
    date: 1976
    duration: 8:00
    note: commissioned by Joe and Joan Ceo, Friday Morning Music Clubs Composition Contest
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: New York Public Library

    Sonata
    for: clarinet and harpischord (or piano)
    date: 1968, revised 1969
    duration: 6:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Spans and Changes
    for: clarinet, 8 flutes, English horn, baritone oboe (or bassoon), harp, double bass
    date: 1971
    duration: 9:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Three Solos and All
    for: horn, English horn, clarinet
    date: 1972-73

    ORCHESTRAL/LARGE ENSEMBLE

    Dichroism (Symphony No. 3)
    for: orchestra: 1111 0220 timp, perc(4), cel str (14-6-8-3)
    date: 1970
    duration: 18:00
    source: American Music Center

    Dusk to Dark
    for: clarinet, English horn, horn, cello, percussion ensemble
    date: 1975
    duration: 17:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Earth Cycle
    for: solo soprano voice, solo clarinet, 33 instruments
    date: 1974
    duration: 18:00

    Night of the Blue Moon
    for: orchestra: piccolo/3fl-2-ehn-2-2-cbsn; 4-2-2-btbn-1; 2 perc., timpani; harp; strings
    date: 1991
    duration: 10:00
    published: American Composers Alliance (rental)
    source: American Music Center

    Peace (Symphony No. 2)
    for: wind ensemble, 4 percussion, timpani
    date: 1969
    duration: 25:00
    note: commissioned by Phi Mu Alpha (Kansas University) Chapter Composition Contest
    published: American Composers Alliance (rental)
    source: American Music Center

    Refuge
    for: violin, cello, clarinet, English horn, alto sax, trombone, bass, piano, echo consort (3 unspecified instruments)
    date: 1974
    duration: 9:00
    published: American Composers Alliance

    Slice of Life
    for: string orchestra
    date: 1973
    duration: 10:00

    Windfest (Symphony No. 1)
    for: woodwind ensemble: piccolo/flute-alfl-1-2ehn-2-3sax(SAT)-2bsn
    date: 1968
    duration: 12:00
    published: American Composers Alliance
    source: American Music Center

    Within View of the Sea (Chamber Concerto for Oboe)
    for: oboe solo, 2 trombones, bass trombone, marimba, strings
    date: 1991
    duration: 28:15
    published: American Composers Alliance (rental)
    source: American Music Center

    MUSICAL THEATRE

    The Desert Peach: A Musical
    Musical about Pfirsich Rommel, the fictional gay younger brother of the Desert Fox
    for: voices (male roles but one), men's chorus, 5 instruments
    date: 1990
    duration: 2:30:00
    book and lyrics: Donna Barr and T. Brian Wagner;
    additional lyrics by Angela Rhoads
    note: stage adaptation of Donna Barr's The Desert Peach
    source: Ohio State University

    Foxhunt
    One-act opera derived from The Desert Peach
    date: ?
    duration: 40:00

    Silk Dancers
    Dance musical
    for: ?
    date: 1992
    duration: 40:00

    Sylvie and Bruno
    Children's musical play
    for: voices and piano
    date: 1991
    duration: 58:00
    text: T. Brian Wagner (?)

    INCIDENTAL MUSIC
    (For productions by Stuart Vaughan, Kansas Shakespeare Festival)

    As You Like It
    for: oboe/recorder, clarinet/percussion, harpsichord/recorder
    date: 1971
    duration: 14:00

    Twelfth Night
    for: recorder/viola, clarinet/percussion, bassoon, harp, celesta
    date: ca. 1971
    duration: 16:00

    UNCOMPLETED WORKS:
    Unknown

    WRITINGS:
    Musical Instruments in the Dayton C. Miller Collection at the Library of Congress, Vol. I: Recorders, Fifes, and Simple System Transverse Flutes of One Key, Library of Congress (1982).
    The articles on woodwind instruments in The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, Harvard University Press (1986).
    "Going Blind," The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, Vol. 12, No. 3 (May/June 1995).

    DISCOGRAPHY:
    "Bill" from Eight Love Poems, Matt Sullivan, oboe, Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano, Sudden Sunsets: Highlights from the Benson Series, Downtown Music Productions, Leonarda Records LE 354 (forthcoming).

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    Unknown

    PERFORMING RIGHTS AFFILIATION:
    BMI

    RESOURCES:
    Publisher of all extant scores:
    American Composers Alliance
    73 Spring Street
    Room 505
    New York NY 10012
    Tel: (212) 362-8900
    Fax: (212) 925-6798
    info@composers.com
    www.composers.com

    American Music Center
    30 West 26th Street
    Suite 1001
    New York, NY 10010
    Tel: (212) 366-5260
    Fax: (212) 366-5265
    www.amc.net

    American Music Center Collection
    The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    40 Lincoln Center Plaza
    New York, NY 10023-7498
    www.nypl.org

    MUSICAL EXECUTOR:
    George Brockamp
    1530 N.E. Liberty Street
    Portland, OR 97211
    (503) 285-6788

    OTHER CONTACTS:
    Jean Biddick (sister)
    4513 N. Little Rock Drive
    Tucson, AZ 85750
    jbiddick@comcast.net

    ARCHIVES:
    With Jean Biddick, including manuscripts and many tape recordings.

     


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