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Martin F. Heyworth (born 1947) is a medical doctor and composer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. Having taken piano lessons as a child, Heyworth developed an interest in music composition around the age of 17 that has continued throughout his life. The earliest scores in this collection are for solo piano. However, in the late 1960s and after, Heyworth's repertoire expands to include compositions for instrumental ensembles, organ, woodwinds, and strings. In 2015 he also completed a four-movement orchestral piece entitled Sinfonia, though this piece is not included in this collection.
Heyworth earned his medical degree from Cambridge University and worked in Oxford (UK), Fargo, North Dakota and San Francisco, California before moving to Philadelphia in 1999 to become the Chief of Staff of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a position which he held until 2009. From 2009 until his retirement from medicine in 2017, Heyworth was a staff physician at the VA Medical Center. Heyworth has been an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania since 2013, and is on the advisory board for the Penn Med Symphony Orchestra. Notably, his works have been performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Wister Quartet. He has a strong interest in 18th Century music, particularly the works of Joseph Haydn, and in 2019, Haydn: The Online Journal of the Haydn Society of North America published his article, "Mozart's annotations of Haydn symphony themes and their relationship to the 'Linz' Symphony, K. 425" (Volume 9.2).
This collection comprises manuscripts and printouts of musical scores authored by Martin F. Heyworth (born 1947). Spanning the period between 1966 and 2018, these scores are written for solo piano, instrumental ensemble, organ, woodwinds, and strings. The exact date of completion for each piece is given in the finding aid when it is available. They are arranged chronologically by date of completion, though some of the early Spiral Script manuscript books feature several pieces written at various times, and some pieces are repeated in different locations. In addition, many scores underwent revision after their given date of completion, which Heyworth individually notes for each piece. Heyworth also writes occasional notes in his manuscripts, detailing the amount of time a piece took to compose, to whom or what a piece is dedicated, or other information relevant to his music's composition and performance. These notes, however, are sparse and workmanlike, ceding center stage to the music itself. The bulk of the material is in the form of manuscript pages and computer printouts, though scores are also contained in several hardcover bound volumes and spiral notebooks.
Gift of Martin F. Heyworth, 2018.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Cory Austin Knudson
- Finding Aid Date
- 2019 December 19
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
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