Michael Seyfrit

Biography

Michael Seyfrit was born in Kansas in 1947 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

ACE Publications

52 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Michael Seyfrit RITUAL Tenor and Piano
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Michael Seyfrit SILK DANCERS voice, piano
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Michael Seyfrit AND STILL THE NIGHT STARS SHINE vln,vcl, 5-octave marimba
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Michael Seyfrit IT IS LOVE sop,pf
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Michael Seyfrit NIGHT OF THE BLUE MOON orch:pic/3fl-2-ehn-2-2-cbsn, 4-2-2-btbn-1,2perc,timp,hp,str
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Michael Seyfrit WITHIN VIEW OF THE SEA ob, 2tbn, bstbn, mmb, str
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Michael Seyfrit PAGES FROM MY DIARY Flute (or Baroque Flute)
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Michael Seyfrit THREE VIEWS OF THE MOON 2pf
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Michael Seyfrit DANCE OF LIFE vln,pf
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Michael Seyfrit REMEMBERING OUR FRIENDS male choir, ob, Ehn, pf, vcl
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Michael Seyfrit EIGHT LOVE POEMS ob, pf
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Michael Seyfrit ASCENDING & DESCENDING handbell choir
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Michael Seyfrit TEN PIECES FOR JEFF BIDDICK sax
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Michael Seyfrit DUET FOR TRUMPET AND ALTO SAXOPHONE Bb trumpet, Eb alto saxophone
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Michael Seyfrit DUPONT CYCLE -
cl,ehn,vla,mmb,prep pf
Michael Seyfrit TRUMPET TUNE -
solo reed, accompaniment (kb)
Michael Seyfrit DUSK TO DARK cl, Ehn, hn, vcl, 12 perc
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Michael Seyfrit SLEEPWALK vla d'amore, harp
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Michael Seyfrit IN SEARCH OF cl,mmb,cb
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Michael Seyfrit SYMPHONY FOR CARILLON SOLO carillon
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Michael Seyfrit REFUGE ehn,cl,alsax,tbn,pf,vln,vcl,cb, echo consort(3 unspec instr)
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Michael Seyfrit EARTH CYCLE (musica mundana) Soprano, clarinet, and 3 ensembles
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Michael Seyfrit LATENT IMAGES cl,bsn,mmb,pf,vln,vcl
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Michael Seyfrit SLICE OF LIFE -
string orcherstra
Michael Seyfrit INTERPLAY -
vln, alto recorder, 2-channel tape

Additional Works