Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Leland Bard collection on Michael
Collection number: Coll2006-007
Seyfrit, Michael, 1947-1994
Collection Size: 1 archive box.
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Musical compositions and published writings by
composer Michael Seyfrit (1947-1994), including four instrumental compositions,
a guide to the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection at the Library of Congress,
and the piano and vocal scores and other materials relating to the musical
The Desert Peach, written with Donna Barr and T.
Languages: Languages represented
in the collection: English
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access
Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in
writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner.
Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in
the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant
copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for
all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).
Folder #, Leland Bard collection on Michael Seyfrit, Coll2006-007, ONE
National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
Gift of Leland Bard, June 29, 2002.
Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer,
December 20, 2006.
Processing this collection has been funded
by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records
Michael Seyfrit, composer, instrumentalist, writer, and teacher, was
born in Lawrence, Kansas, on December 16, 1947, and was raised in Pasco,
Washington, and Piqua, Ohio. He earned a B.Mus. and an M.Mus at the University
of Kansas, a second M.Mus. at The Julliard School (1972), and a D.M.A. at the
University of Southern California (1974). Seyfrit did research and historical
orchestrations for the Smithsonian Institution s Divisions of Musical
Instruments and Performing Arts, and served as a curator of musical instruments
at the Library of Congress for four years, during which time he compiled volume
1 of the catalogue of musical instruments in the Dayton C. Miller Flute
Collection (1982). He also wrote the articles on woodwind instruments for the
1986 edition of
The New Harvard Dictionary of
. As a composer, Seyfrit received the Charles Ives Scholarship from
the national Academy of Arts and Letters. Seyfrit was also active as an
instrumentalist on recorder, baroque oboe, and baroque flute, and performed and
recorded with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, as well as Hesperus, Wondrous
Machine, the Berkeley Collegium Musicum, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and
the Early Music Guild of Oregon. He spent his final years working as a computer
programmer. He died of AIDS in Portland, Oregon, on May 29, 1994, at the age of
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection consists of published musical scores and writings by
composer and instrumentalist Michael Seyfrit. A significant portion of the
collection consists of materials relating to the 1990 musical
The Desert Peach, concerning the gay brother of
German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, for which Seyfrit composed the music, with
book and lyrics by Donna Barr and T. Brian Wagner. The collection also contains
scores to four instrumental compositions, written between 1970 and 1976, and
Seyfrit s published guide to the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection at the
Library of Congress.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Seyfrit, Michael, 1947-1994.
Gay men and musicals.