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John Sebastian papers

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John Sebastian (1914-1980), who graduated from Haverford College in 1936, was a harmonica virtuoso and composer. Born in 1914 in Philadelphia, né Pugliese, Sebastian helped make the harmonica a classically-oriented instrument and advocated for composers see it as a serious instrument. He performed in many concerts on the harmonica. Sebastian died in France in 1980.

Sebastian's papers consist of musical scores, many 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.

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

The John Sebastian papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1986 by John Ferguson.

Processed by Diana Peterson and Janela Harris; Completed 2013.

Publisher
Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Diana Peterson and Janela Harris
Finding Aid Date
2013
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Collection Inventory

Anderson, Walter.
Box 4 Folder 1
Fantasy for Harmonica and Orchestra

Score. MS. 1 copy.

Harmonica part. MS. 1 copy.

Arnold, Malcolm.
Box 1 Folder 1
Harmonica Concerto, Opus 46

Score. Printed, bound. 1 copy.

Benjamin, Arthur.
Box 1 Folder 1
Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra

Reduction for Harmonica and Piano.

Bourgeois, Antoine (Burgess, Anthony).
Box 1 Folder 1
Sonata in C for Harmonica and Guitar

For John Sebastian.

MS. 1 copy.

Panique for Harmonica and Guitar

For John Sebastian.

MS. 1 copy.

Chagrin, Francis.
Box 1 Folder 1
Roumanian Fantasy for Harmonica (or Violin) and Orchestra

Printed. 2 copies.

Chailly, Luciano.
Box 1 Folder 2-3
Improvisazione No. 9

Full score. Printed. 1 copy. MS. 1 copy.

Harmonica part. Printed. 1 copy.

1st Violin. Printed. 7 copies.

2nd Violin. Printed. 6 copies. MS. 1 copy.

Viola. Printed. 4 copies.

Cello. Printed. 3 copies.

Bass. Printed. 2 copies.

Flute. Printed. 1 copy.

Percussion. Printed. 2 copies.

Cowell, Henry.
Box 4 Folder 2
Concerto in D Major for Flute and Strings Op. 27

Score. Printed, bound. 1 copy.

Flute solo. Printed. 1 copy.

dello Joio, Norman.
Box 2 Folder 1-8 Box 4 Folder 3
Concertino

Full score. Bound, annotated. 1 copy.

Harmonica part. MS. 2 copies.

Orchestral parts. MS.

Discovolo, Mauro.
Box 1 Folder 1
"Due Chanti" [Two Songs]

"La Morte Meditata" di ["The Death Meditation" by] Guiseppe Ungaretti.

"La Madre del Bimbo Martire" di ["The Mother of the Child Martyr" by] Aurelio Prudenzio (4th Cenruty).

MS. 1 copy.

Holmes, Markwood.
Box 1 Folder 4
Street Scenes for Harmonica and Piano

Full score. MS, bound. 1 copy.

Harmonica part. MS. 3 copies.

[Movements] include:

I. Carnival

II. Mirror Pool

III. Little Trolley Car

IV. Public Auction

Hovhaness, Alan.
Box 4 Folder 4-8
Harmonica Concerto No. VI, Op. 114

Copyright 1954 by C.F. Peterson Corp. New York, NY.

Three movements:

I. Adagio

II. Andante-Allegro-Andante

III. Allegro

(First Version:)

Full score. Duplicated MS. 1 copy.

Harmonica and Piano. Duplicated MS. 1 copy.

Harmonica solo. MS. 1 copy.

Violin I. MS. 1 copy. Duplicated MS. 1 copy.

Violin II. MS. 1 copy. Duplicated MS. 1 copy.

Viola. MS. 1 copy. Duplicated MS. 1 copy.

Cello. Duplicated MS. 1 copy.

Bass. Duplicated MS. 1 copy.

(Final version:)

Full score. Duplicated MS. 2 copies.

Harmonica and Piano. Duplicated MS. 2 copies.

N.B., the revisions over the 1953 version are:

Addition of an opening "Andante and Senza Misura" section.

A "Senza Nisura" at the end of the first movement.

A "Senza Misura" before the final andante of the second movement.

Additions to the Harmonica part.

Changes in the strings parts.

Parts for the wind instruments were added as substitute for Harmonica.

Seven Greek Folk Dances

Copyright 1968 by C.F. Peterson Corp. New York, NY.

Full score. MS. 1 copy.

Harmonica and Piano. Duplicated MS. 4 copies.

Violin I. MS. 4 copies. Duplicated MS, annotated. 1 copy. Printed. 1 copy, 3 photocopies.

Violin II. MS. 4 copies. Duplicated MS, annotated. 1 copy. Printed. 1 copy, 2 photocopies.

Viola. MS, annotated. 1 copy. MS. 2 copies. Printed. 1 copy, 1 photocopy.

Cello. MS, annotated. 1 copy. MS. 2 copies. Printed. 1 copy, 1 photocopy.

Bass. MS, annotated. 1 copy. MS. 2 copies. Printed. 1 copy, 1 photocopy.

The Dances:

I. Hassapiko

II. Selybrian Syrtos

III. Sweet Basil Green

IV. Karagouna

V. Tsaconian Dance

VI. Pastoral

VII. Sousta

Jacob, Gordon.
Box 1 Folder 4
Divertimento

Published by Joseph Williams, Ltd., London. Copyright 1957.

Printed. 2 copies.

5 Pieces for Harmonica and Piano

Published by Joseph Williams, Ltd., London.

Harmonica Solo, Printed 1 copy.

Pieces:

I. Caprice

II. Cradle Song

III. Russian Dance

IV. Threnody

V. Country Song

Kleinsinger, George.
Box 1 Folder 5-11 Box 4 Folder 9-10
Little Concerto for Harmonica

(a.k.a. Street Corner Concerto and Street Walker Concerto)

Published by Chappell and Co., Inc. Written for John Sebastian. (*According to composer)

Three movements:

I. Dance of the City Kids.

II. Sleeping City

III. Hustle Bustle (the city awakens)--not included.

Piano Reduction for Accompaniment for Clarinet or Sax. 1 copy.

Orchestral Parts:

Horn 1st. MS. 1 copy.

Horn 2nd in "F". MS. 1 copy.

Trumpets in "B Flat". MS. 1 copy.

Trombones 1st. MS. 1 copy.

Trombones 2nd. MS. 2 copies.

Percussion. MS. 1 copy.

Harp. MS. 3 copies.

Violin 1st. MS. 1 copy. MS. and duplicated MS. 6 copies. Duplicated MS. 1 copy.

Violin 2nd. MS. and duplicated MS. 5 copies.

Viola. MS. and duplicated MS. 4 copies.

Cello. MS. 1 copy. MS. and duplicated MS. 4 copies.

Bass. MS. 1 copy. MS. and duplicated MS. 3 copies.

Harmonica Concerto

Score. Bound. 2 copies.

Arrangement

Little Concerto: Box 1, Folder 5-11

Harmonica Concerto: Box 4, Folder 10-11

Lancen, Serge.
Box 4 Folder 11
Concerto pour Harmonica

1958. Not clear for whom it is written. Could have been Larry Adler but something went wrong for his name is crossed out.

Full score, duplicated MS., bound. 1 copy.

Lewin, Frank.
Volume 1
Concerto for Harmonica

Written for and dedicated to John Sebastian. Signed by composer. Publisher not known.

Full score. MS. 1 copy.

Three movements, the second marked "In memoriam Felin H. Deyo".

Scored for full orchestra. Score indicates orchestra of: flutes (3) plus piccolo, oboes (2), English horn/oboe, Clarinets (2) plus bass clarinet, bassoons (2) plus contra bassoon, horns in "F" (4), trumpets in B Flat (3), trombones (3), tuba, timpani/percussion, celesta and harp, solo harmonica, 1st and 2nd violins, viola, cello and double bass.

Martino, Donald.
Box 1 Folder 12
Op. 17 #4

From A Collection of Solo Pieces to be Played in Public. 1955. Written for John Sebastian.

Concert Etude. MS. 1 copy.

N.B., Attached letter from the composer to John Sebastian, [states pieces should be considered as an exercise or Etude: if last movement impossible to play, will rewrite it]. Nov. 8, 1955.

Milhaud, Darius.
Box 1 Folder 12
Suite for Harmonica and Orchestra

Published by Boosey & Hawkes. Copyright 1942.

Solo. MS. 1 copy.

Pocarrai, Alberto.
Box 1 Folder 12
[Untitled]

Written "specially for John Sebastian".

MS. 1 copy.

Poulenc, [Francis].
Box 1 Folder 12
Allegro for Piano and Harmonica

MS. 1 copy.

Robinson, Edward.
Box 4 Folder 12
Chilmark Suite for Chronomica in F

1940.

Harmonica Solo part only, MS.

I. Overature

II. Aeietta

III. Finale

Gay Head Dance for Harmonica in G

Published by Leeds Music Ltd., U.K. and MCA Music Inc., New York. 1941.

Harmonica Solo part only, MS.

Russo, Donato.
Box 1 Folder 12
A Top for Harmonica and Piano

1974.

MS. 1 copy.

Scott, Tom.
Box 4 Folder 13
This is My Country, Suite for Harmonica and Orchestra

Written for John Sebastian.

Two movements only, both in Harmonica & Orchestra form:

I. Coney Island

II. Gettysburg

Duplicated MS. 1 copy (dated 1956?).

In a typed letter to John Sebastian dated Feb. 9, 1957, Tom Scott states ["three further movements to come." Scott also says arrangements had been made for summer '57 to premiere this work, also mentions music for movies and television.] No sign of "further movements." Mrs. Scott says the work was never finished.

Tcherepnin, Alexander.
Volume 1 Box 5 Object 1
Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra Opus 86

Publisher not known. Final version written out by J.M. Ferguson.

Full score. Duplicated MS. 1 copy.

Harmonica solo. Duplicated MS. 2 copies; cover on one copy.

Four movements:

I. Allegro

II. Lento

III. Presto

IV. Poco Sostenuto-Allegretto

N.B., From a letter to John Sebastian, 19.XI.53, from the composer it is clear Tcherepnin wrote the solo part first in 1953 (date of letter) saying he would have the orchestration ready by the "next February," presumably 1954. The work was first performed in 1956 (Letter included).

Villa-Lobos, Heitor.
Box 5 Folder 1-3 Volume 1
Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra

1955. Written for and dedicated to John Sebastian. Final version written out by J.M. Ferguson.

Publisher: Associated Music Pub., Inc.

Three movements:

I. Allegro Moderato

II. Andante

III. Allegro

Full score, duplicated MS. 2 copies, annotated.

Piano Reduction, duplicated MS. 1 copy. Signed by composer.

Orchestral parts:

Flute, duplicated MS.

Oboe, duplicated MS.

Clarinet in B flat, duplicated MS.

Bassoon, duplicated MS.

Horn in "F" 1st, duplicated MS.

Horn in "F" 2nd, duplicated MS.

Bass trombone, duplicated MS.

Timpani, duplicated MS.

Harp, duplicated MS.

Harmonica solo, duplicated MS.

Violin 1st, duplicated MS.

Violin 2nd, duplicated MS.

Viola, duplicated MS.

Cello, duplicated MS.

Bass, duplicated MS.

Whettam, Graham.
Box 1 Folder 12
Fantasy for Harmonica

Published by De Wolfe, London. 1953.

Piano reduction. Printed. 1 copy.

Impromptu

Published by De Wolfe, London. 1954.

Solo. Printed, annotated. 1 copy.

Chaplin, Charles.
Box 3 Folder 1
Limelight

MS. 1 copy.

Dinicu-Heifetz, Grigoras.
Box 3 Folder 2
Hora Stacco

MS. 1 copy.

Duplicated MS. 1 copy.

Printed. 1 copy.

Guion, David W.
Box 3 Folder 3
Alley Tunes - The Harmonica Player

MS. 1 copy. Printed. 1 copy.

Lecuona, Ernesto.
Box 3 Folder 4-7
Malaguena

Duplicated MS. 1 copy.

Panofka, E.
Box 3 Folder 8
Tarantella

MS. 1 copy.

[Williams, R. Vaughn].
Box 5 Folder 4
Autumn Leaves

MS. 1 copy.

N.B., the solo parts in the arrangements are single note lines, there is no indication of how or if John Sebastian had a special way of playing them.

Bach, J.S.
Box 3 Folder 9
Sonate I for Flute or Violin and [piano?] in B minor

Piano. MS. 1 copy.

Flute solo. Printed. 1 copy.

Two movements:

I. Andante

II. Largo e dolce

Boccherini, Luigi.
Box 5 Folder 5-6
Concerto in D Major for Flute, Opus 27

Flute solo. Printed.

Piano solo. Printed.

Flute & Piano. Printed.

Full score. Printed.

Orchestral parts:

Violin 1st. MS. 1 copy. Duplicated MS. 7 copies.

Violin 2nd. MS. 1 copy. Duplicated MS. 5 copies.

Viola. MS. 2 copies. Duplicated MS. 4 copies.

Cello. MS. 1 copy. Duplicated MS. 2 copies.

Bass. MS. 1 copy. Duplicated MS. 1 copy.

Discovolo, Mauro.
Box 3 Folder 10
Notturno for Cello and Piano

Printed, 1 copy.

Autograph dedication, signed.

Sebastian, John.
Box 3 Object 1
Ciocarlia

or Bird Calls (Roumanian Folk Tunes). Publisher not known.

Gypsy aire, Hungarian. Could be an arrangement of a folk tune?

Full score, MS. 1 copy.

Orchestral parts:

Violins (3 parts), MS. 12 copies

Bass. 1 copy.

Drums. 1 copy.

Flute. 1 copy.

Clarinet. 1 copy.

Ten Sax. 2 copies.

Trumpet. 1 copy.

Control. 1 copy.

No solo part as such; but no harmonica part.

Unknown.
Box 5 Folder 7
Canzone Giapponese

MS., fragment. 1 copy.

City Dawn

Also titled New York City Dawn.

Duplicated MS. Unattributed. 1 copy.

Ein Traum

MS., fragment. 1 copy.

Inca Dance

MS., fragment. 1 copy.

de Falla, Manuel.
Box 5 Folder 7
Pantomima

MS., fragment. 1 copy.

Theme I & Theme II

MS., fragment. 1 copy.

Gluck, Christoph Willibald/Fritz Kreisler.
Box 3 Folder 11
Melodie

Printed, annotated. 1 copy.

Chopin, Frederick.
Box 5 Folder 8
Minute Waltz in Swing

MS. 1 copy.

Friml, Rudolf/Herbert Stothart.
Box 3 Folder 12
Donkey Serenade

Published. Copyright 1937.

Voice & Piano.

Harmonica part, n.d.

Transcription, MS. 1 copy.

Printed. 1 copy.

Gershwin, George.
Box 3 Folder 12
An American in Paris

Transcribed by William Daly. Published with transposed MS.

Piano solo. Printed, annotated. 1 copy. Inserts.

Hasse, Johann Adolf.
Box 3 Folder 12
Sonata in G Major for Flute and Piano

Published with transposed MS.

Flute solo. Printed. 1 copy.

Piano. Printed, annotated. 1 copy.

Mozart, W.A.
Box 3 Folder 12
Rondo a la Turque

from Sonata 16 in A. Published, n.d.

Harmonica part. MS. 1 copy. Printed. 1 copy.

Ravel, Maurice.
Box 3 Folder 12
Pavane Pour une Infante Defunte

Published, n.d.

Transposed MS. inserts.

Rzewski, E.
Box 5 Folder 8
Les Mouton de Panurge

1969.

Duplicated MS. transcription. 1 copy.

Villa-Lobos, Heitor.
Box 3 Folder 12
Melodia Sentimental

1958.

Duplicated MS., annotated. 1 copy.

Little Train of the Caipira

from Bachianus Brasilieras #2.

Harmonica part. MS. transcription and title page. 1 copy.

Print, Suggest