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Ms. Coll. 158

Philip Batstone collection of manuscript scores, 1953-1980: A Finding Aid

Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Ms. Coll. 158
Repository: Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Philip Batstone collection of manuscript scores, 1953-1980.
Date(s): 1905-1980
Quantity: 1 collection (6 file boxes, 3.42 linear feet)
Abstract: Manuscript scores and sketches by the twentieth-century American composer

Processing Information:

Processed by: Mark DeVoto
Finding aid encoded by: Christina Linklater

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Preferred Citation:

Philip Batstone collection of manuscript scores, 1953-1980 (Ms. Coll. 158). Merritt Room, Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard University.

Biographical and Historical Note

Philip Norman Batstone (1933-1992) was an American composer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he sang in the choir of the Church of the Advent in Boston and studied at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. Batstone joined the 298th Army Band in Berlin in 1955; he began studies with Boris Blacher and Silvia Kind at the Hochschule für Musik (Berlin) in 1956 then continued with Roger Sessions, Oliver Strunk and Milton Babbitt at Princeton University, graduating with a Ph.D. in composition in 1965. From 1965 to 1971 Philip Batstone taught at the City College of New York, then from 1971-1973 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Batstone retired to Pembroke, Maine in 1976. As a composer he is best known for his 1969 work for soprano and chamber ensemble A mother goose primer, which was performed by Bethany Beardslee. As a theorist he is associated with musical phenomenology about which he wrote an article for Perspectives of New Music in 1969.


Scope and Content

These materials represent the known compositional output of Philip Batstone. The collection includes drafts as well as finished scores and parts, in manuscript and in photocopy manifestations. Many items are annotated. The collection also includes a small amount of professional ephemera.

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Additional Index Terms

Berlin (Germany).
Boston (Mass.).
Princeton (N.J.).
Boulder (Colo.).
Eastport (Me.).
Piano music.
Orchestral music.
Music -- Manuscripts.
Music -- 20th century.
Musical sketches.
Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.
Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886.
Pruslin, Stephen.
Harbison, John.
Harbison, Rose Mary.
Harbison, Helen.
Hopkins, Gerard Manley, 1844-1889.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951.
Stramm, August, 1874-1915.
Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
Princeton University.