Michael Seyfrit

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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

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1 AND STILL THE NIGHT STARS SHINE (1991)
vln,vcl, 5-octave marimba

2 ASCENDING & DESCENDING (1987)
handbell choir

3 BALLADE (1968)
pf

4 BRASS RINGS (1971)
2 tpt in C, horn, tbn, tba

6 A DANCE OF LIFE (1989)
vln,pf

7 DICHROISM (Symphony No. 3) (1970)
fl, ob, cl, bsn, 2 tpt(C), tbn, bstbn, perc(4), cel, strings 77683

8 DUET FOR TRUMPET AND ALTO SAXOPHONE (1987)
Bb trumpet, Eb alto saxophone

9 DUPONT CYCLE (1981)
cl,ehn,vla,mmb,prep pf

10 DUSK TO DARK (1976)
cl, Ehn, hn, vcl, 12 perc

11 EARTH CYCLE (musica mundana) (1974)
Soprano, clarinet, and 3 ensembles

12 EIGHT LOVE POEMS (1988)
ob, pf

13 FOR ONE ALONE (1972)
cl

14 FOUR MORSELS FOR RECORDER QUINTET (1970)
for recorder quintet (a, t, t, b, b)

15 HYMENEAL (WEDDING SUITE) (1968)
2tpt, vln, 2vla, 2vcl

16 IN SEARCH OF (1975)
cl,mmb,cb

18 INTERPLAY (1973)
vln, alto recorder, 2-channel tape

19 IT IS LOVE (1991)
sop,pf

20 LATENT IMAGES (1973)
cl,bsn,mmb,pf,vln,vcl

21 LOST & FOUND (1972)
org

22 LOST & WANDERING (1972)
2fl, 2ehn, cl, bsn, hn, 4tpt, tbn, mmb

23 NIGHT OF THE BLUE MOON (1991)
orch:pic/3fl-2-ehn-2-2-cbsn, 4-2-2-btbn-1,2perc,timp,hp,str

24 NIGHT PIECE (1969)
clarinet, strings (3 vln, 2 vla, 2 vc, cb)

25 PAGES FROM MY DIARY (1990)
fl(or Baroque Fl)

26 PATCHWORK (1972)
violin and marimba solo, with alto flute, Ehn, bscl, 2 perc

27 PEACE (SYMPHONY NO.2) (1969)
band:pic-2-2-ehn-Ebcl-3-Ebalcl- Bbbcl-Ebcontrcl-2-cbsn,4(hn)-3-2-btbn-euph-1,4perc,timp

28 PORTAL (1973)
ob,ehn,cl,bsn

29 QUINTET (1969)
fl, ob, a-clarinet, hn, bsn

30 REFUGE (1974)
ehn,cl,alsax,tbn,pf,vln,vcl,cb, echo consort(3 unspec instr)

31 REMEMBERING OUR FRIENDS (1988)
male choir, ob, Ehn, pf, vcl

32 RITUAL (1992)
ten,pf

33 SAM DONE THE BEST HE KIN
voice, piano

35 SHADOWS & THE NIGHT WIND (1970)
alfl,cl,mmb,timp

36 SILK DANCERS (1991)
voice, piano

37 SIMILES (1970)
solo oboe & cello, 4 flutes (4th = alto fl), 4 perc

38 SLEEPWALK (1976)
vla d'amore, harp

39 SLICE OF LIFE (1973)
string orcherstra

40 SPANS AND CHANGES (1971)
solo cl, 8 fl,ehn,b.op,hp,db

41 SYMPHONY FOR CARILLON SOLO (1974)
carillon

43 THREE SOLOS AND ALL (1973)
Horn, Ehn, Cl

44 THREE VIEWS OF THE MOON (1990)
2pf

45 TRIALOGUE (1968)
celesta, harpsichord, muffled piano

46 TRUMPET TUNE (1980)
solo reed, accompaniment (kb)

47 VARIEGATIONS (1972)
pf

48 Wedding music for Jean and Chris (1972)
flute, horn, cello

49 WHAT HAS COME ON THIS DAY? - a piece for Good Friday
voices (2-part choir), viola, timpani

50 WINDFEST: SYMPHONY NO.1 (1968)
2fl, ob, 2EH, 2cl(Bb and A), sop sax, alto sax, tenor sax, 2 bsns

51 WINTER'S WARMTH (1970)
bass voice, cl,bsn,hp,vln,vla,vcl

52 WITHIN VIEW OF THE SEA (1991)
ob, 2tbn, bstbn, mmb, str

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