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John Sebastian Papers

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-828
Sebastian's papers consist of musical scores, a number of them in manuscript form, and some letters. Musical composers include: Anthony Burgess, Luciano Chailly, Norman Dello Joio, Alan Hovhaness, Darius Milhaud, Alexander Tcherepnin, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and others. Letters writers include: Donald Martino, Tom Scott, and Alexander Tcherepnin.

The scores are arranged alphabetically by composer within six series:

I. Works Written for Harmonica

II. Arrangements for Orchestra and/or Instruments Including Harmonica

III. Manuscript Scores Not for Harmonica

IV. Fragments and Unknown Manuscripts

V. Works Transcribed for Harmonica or Transposed to a New Key

VI. Other Scores Belonging to John Sebastian.

Dates

  • 1940 - 1974

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials primarily in English; one Italian.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (US. Title 17). Please contact the Archives with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce the material.

Extent

5 boxes (5 boxes and 1 package)

Overview

Sebastian's papers consist of musical scores, a number of them in manuscript form, and some letters. Some scores are written for harmonica, some for other instruments, some arranged for orchestra. Many written and dedicated to composer and harmonica virtuoso John Sebastian.

Works are arranged first in series, then alphabetically by composer. Composers include: Anthony Burgess, Luciano Chailly, Norman Dello Joio, Alan Hovhaness, Darius Milhaud, Alexander Tcherepnin, Heitor Villa-Lobos and others. Letters included from: Donald Martino, Tom Scott and Alexander Tcherepnin.

Biographical / Historical

John Sebastian, Haverford College class of 1936, was a harmonica virtuoso and composer. Born in 1914 in Philadelphia, né Pugliese, he helped make the harmonica a classically-oriented instrument and was able to make composers see it as a serious instrument. He himself performed in many concerts on the harmonica. Sebastian died in France in 1980.

Haverford College Prof. of Music John Davison initiated correspondence in 1983 with the composer's wife, who was residing in France, concerning the papers of John Sebastian on the suggestion of John Ferguson. Ferguson was preparing a biography of John Sebastian at the time.

Arrangement

Finding aid arranged alphabetically by series, but not by physical location, which is noted by instance.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift May, 1986.

Sent to Haverford from France by John Ferguson.

Related Materials

See also: John Sebastian papers, Coll. no. 828.1

Separated Materials

Series I-V kept in Special Collections, Magill Library; Series VI located in the Music Library.
Title
John Sebastian Papers, 1940-1974
Status
under_revision
Author
Diana Peterson and Janela Harris
Date
2013
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Gift of John Ferguson?

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