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Finding Aid for the Michael Sahl Score Collection, 1953-2009

Mus. Arc. 41

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library


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Collection Overview

Title: Michael Sahl Collection of Manuscript Scores, 1953-2009
Collection Number: Mus. Arc. 41
Creator: Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Extent: 2 boxes, (43 items)
Language of Material: No textual materials are included in the collection.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library
Abstract: The collection contains 42 manuscript scores, many of them reproductions by photocopy or ozalid, and 3 compact discs containing mp3 audio files of 10 works.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Specified item], Michael Sahl Score Collection, 1953-2009, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Michael Sahl, 2009.

Terms of Access

Materials can be examined by qualified researchers in the Music Library during hours of operation during which Music Librarians are present. In order to insure access, researchers are advised to contact the Music Library in advance of visits.

Copyright

Copyright for the materials in the collection does not reside with the Music Library. Therefore, patrons wishing to publish any item, or part of an item from this collection for any purpose, are responsible for securing requisite permissions.

Processing Information

Processed by Jason Imbesi.

Accruals and Additions

Further accruals are expected to this collection.


Biographical Note

Michael Sahl was born on September 2, 1934 in Boston. In 1942, after his family moved to New York, he commenced his formal musical training. In 1947, he began studying with Israel Citkowitz and has cited the composer and critic as particularly instrumental in endowing him with a love for American popular music. As a result, Sahl's increased involvement with and interest in folk, blues, jazz and American popular vocal standards influenced much of his compositional output. He later studied at Amherst College and Princeton University, where his teachers included Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt. He also worked with Lukas Foss, Luigi Dallapiccola and Aaron Copland.

Sahl's academic training at Princeton centered on 12-note and serial techniques. In 1957-58, he received a Fulbright Fellowship in Europe and spent the following few years overseas attempting to compose in a Modernist style, but eventually realized that his inclination to write tonal melodies was too strong to ignore. In 1963, Sahl returned to the USA and became active in folk-rock music circles. After serving as a Creative Associate at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1965, he became the pianist and music director for Judy Collins. Following his departure from Collins in 1969, Sahl made his reputation as a composer of operas, musical shows, and instrumental works, several of which are written in a musical style dominated by the hybridization of Romanticism, jazz and rock. He became acclaimed as one of the earliest composers to write in a genre-blending style that successfully managed to straddle the boundaries between classical "new music," pop, rock, jazz, and musical theater.


Scope and Content Note

The collection contains 42 manuscript scores, many of them reproductions by photocopy or ozalid, and 3 compact discs containing mp3 audio files of 10 works.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series:


Container List

I.    Scores, 1953-2009
Item 1-42

Arranged in alphabetical order by uniform title.

Box Item Contents
1 01 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
An anarchist dream : for 2 keyboards / M. Sahl.
[2002]

1 ms. score (16 p.) ; 44 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For one electric and one acoustic keyboard. Caption title.

1 02 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Baby music
Baby music '07 / Sahl.
2007.

1 ms. score (11 p.) ; 43 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, bass trombone, drum set, guitar, piano, violin, violoncello and double bass. Caption title. Includes a duplicate of p. 1 with p. 3 on verso. At end: ½0/07.

1 03 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Blood ferry lecture / music, Michael Sahl ; text, Margaret Yard.
1992.

1 ms. score ([18] p.) ; 43 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For high voice (spoken and sung) and piano. English words; also printed as typescript text and containing cross-outs and emendations by the composer preceding score. Includes photocopy of typescript text (8 leaves). Contains minor revisions by composer in blue ink. At end: Sketch 7/16/92.

1 04 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Blues for Margaret : for solo piano / Michael Sahl.
1991.

7 p. of ms. music ; 43 cm.

2 photocopies of holograph; 2nd copy missing caption. At end: 10/24/91.

1 05 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Cloud city : string quartet / Michael Sahl.
c2006.

1 ms. score (15, 11, 16 leaves) ; 22 x 28 cm.

Computer-generated holograph. Caption title.

1 06 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Cloud city walk / Sahl.
c2004.

1 ms. score (50 p.) ; 28 cm.

Computer-generated holograph. For electric violin, electric guitar, synthesizer and double bass. Cover title. "For the New York Art Ensemble"--Caption.

1 07 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Concerto, violin, instrumental ensemble
Concerto for electric violin / Michael Sahl.
2001.

1 ms. score (35 p.) ; 22 x 36 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For solo electric violin, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, bass trombone, drum set, guitar, piano, electric viola, electric violoncello and double bass. Caption title. "(gypsy music)"--Caption, in composer's hand in pencil. "For Mary Rowell"--Caption. At end: 11/8/99, revised ½8/01.

1 08 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Dancing in the landscapes / Michael Sahl.
[1993]

1 ms. score (11 p.) ; 28 cm.

Computer-generated holograph. For string quartet. Caption title. Date from composer's Web site. "For the Sirius String Quartet"--Caption.

1 09 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Doina / Michael Sahl.
1979.

1 ms. score (36 p.) ; 22 x 36 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For violin, percussion, piano and double bass. Caption title. At end: April 11th, 1979 223 E. 5th Street. Contains minor revisions and other markings by the composer in pencil and ink.

1 10 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Dumb, mixed solo voices
Dumb / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard.
2002.

1 ms. score (5 p.) ; 28 cm.

Computer-generated holograph. For 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, 2 contraltos and tenor, unaccompanied. English words. Caption title. At end: Michael Sahl 05/16/02 for Boudewijn Buckinx.

1 11 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Dumb, sopranos (5), tenor
Dumb / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard.
2002.

1 ms. score (4 leaves) ; 28 cm.

Holograph (Ink). For 5 sopranos and tenor, unaccompanied. English words; also printed as typescript text following score. Title from holograph caption. "(Correction)"--Holograph caption, in composer's hand in pencil. Contains revisions in pencil and ink on a pasted insert and using white correction fluid applied directly to manuscript. At end of holograph: Michael Sahl 1/16/02 for Boudewijn Buckinx. Includes two photocopies of p. 1 and one complete photocopy (4 p.) of holograph. Includes ms. sketch in pencil (1 leaf).

1 12 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
The exiles' café / Michael Sahl.
1984.

1 ms. score ([44] p.) ; 44 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For clarinet, tenor saxophone, trumpet, percussion, piano, violin and double bass. Contains 88 leaves photocopied onto [44] p. "For the Allbright-Knox [i.e. Albright-Knox] Gallery"--Caption. At end: July 7th, 1984 223 E. 5th St. New York.

1 13 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Exiles' café. Tango; arr.
Tango from "The exiles' café" / Michael Sahl.
1984.

5 leaves of ms. music ; 22 x 28 cm.

2 photocopies of holograph. Orig. for clarinet, tenor saxophone, trumpet, percussion, piano, violin and double bass; arr. for piano solo. Caption title. At end: 11/6/84.

1 14 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Fire song / Michael Sahl.
1996.

1 ms. score (55 p.) ; 36 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, bass trombone, drum set, guitar, piano, violin, violoncello, and double bass. Caption title. Contains 110 leaves photocopied onto 55 p. At end: 6/19/96.

1 15 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Grand sonata : for violin & piano / Michael Sahl.
1999.

1 ms. score (13 p.) ; 44 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. Caption title. Contains 26 leaves photocopied onto 13 p. "For Mary Rowell"--Caption.

1 16 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Heartsplit tundra / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard.
[2008]

1 ms. score (4 leaves) ; 28 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For high voice and piano. English words. Caption title. Contains revisions by the composer using white correction fluid applied directly to manuscript.

1 17 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Home / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard.
[2008]

1 ms. score (4 leaves) ; 28 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For high voice and piano. English words. Caption title. Contains revisions by the composer using white correction fluid applied directly to manuscript.

1 18 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
In the woods / Michael Sahl.
1984.

1 ms. score (34 p.) ; 22 x 28 cm.

Holograph in pencil. For clarinet, piano, violin and double bass. Caption title. At end: Nov. 1, 1984 223 E 5 St NYC. Contains noticeable erasures and revisions by the composer in pencil.

1 19 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Instrumental music. Selections
3 pieces for band / Michael Sahl.
2007.

1 ms. score (15, 15, 11 p.) ; 36 cm.

2 photocopies of holograph. All works for soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, bass trombone, drum set, guitar, piano, violin, violoncello and double bass. Cover title. Although bound together with a collective title on the cover, these works are listed separately in the composer's own list of works. Contains 82 leaves photocopied onto 41 p. Contains minor emendations by the composer in pencil. At end: 8/25/07 (1st work); 9/7/07 (2nd work); 11/27/07 (3rd work). Old strollers -- In the dark -- Apatrides.

1 20. Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Jungles / Sahl.
1990.

1 ms. score (40 p.) ; 36 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For electric violin, electric guitar, drum set, piano and double bass. Caption title. Contains 80 leaves photocopied onto 40 p. At end: Dec. 17, 1990; bottom of p. 3: 12/1/90; bottom of p. 24: ½9/90.

1 21 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Katrina : voices of the lost / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard.
2006.

1 ms. score ([36] p.) ; 44 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. Cantata for SATBar, percussion, piano and synthesizer. English words. Caption title. Contains 70 leaves photocopied onto [36] p. At end: 04/13/06. Contains revisions and other markings by the composer in pencil.

1 22 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Lord of my love / Michael Sahl ; [text by] Wm. Shakespeare.
1956.

1 ms. score (2 leaves) ; 36 cm.

Holograph in ink on vellum. For high voice and piano. English words. Received with another song, That time of the year, in folder marked "Shakespeare songs". "Nov. 13, 1956"--Caption.

1 23 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Millay songs / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Edna Millay.
[1956]

1 ms. score (5 leaves) ; 36 cm.

Holograph in pencil on vellum. For soprano and piano. English words. Title from enclosing manila folder. Thou art not lovelier than lilacs -- I being born a woman and distressed.

1 24 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Milltown gypsy ball; arr.
The milltown gypsy ball / Michael Sahl.
1986.

1 ms. score (32 p.) ; 22 x 28 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. Orig. for violin solo and winds; arr. for two string quartets (1st violin of quartet A is solo violin), drum set and double bass. Caption title. "Commissioned by Mary Rowell and the Vermont Youth Orchestra"--Caption. "Arranged for String Fever"--Caption. At end: July 19, 1986 Lake Eaton Campground New York. Contains minor emendations by the composer in pencil and ink.

1 25 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
A mitzvah for the dead : concerto for violin + tape / [Michael Sahl].
[1966]

11 p. of ms. music ; 33 cm.

Reverse photoreproduction of holograph. Title from enclosing envelope. "Masters"--Enclosing envelope. Fourth movement entitled "Var's [i.e. variations] on Last Rose of Summer."

1 26 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Old strollers / [Michael Sahl].
2007.

1 ms. score (15 p.) ; 44 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, bass trombone, drum set, guitar, piano, violin, violoncello and double bass. Caption title. Contains 30 leaves photocopied onto 15 p. At end: 8/25/07.

1 27 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Prothalamium / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Aaron Kramer.
1953.

1 ms. score (4 leaves) ; 28 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For baritone and piano. English words. Caption title.

1 28 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Quartets, strings (1957)
String quartet 1957 / Michael Sahl.
1957.

1 ms. score (61 p.) ; 33 cm.

Ozalid copy of holograph. "To Mara"--T.p. At end: January 8, 1957.

1 29 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Quartets, strings (2000)
String quartet 2000 / Michael Sahl.
2000.

1 ms. score (22 p.) ; 22 x 28 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. Caption title. At end: 5/23/00.

1 30 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Screen song / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard.
[2008]

1 ms. score (12 p.) ; 28 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For high voice and piano. English words. Caption title. Contains pencil markings by the composer.

1 31 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Serenades, piano
Serenades for piano solo, 1994 / Sahl.
1994.

19 p. of ms. music ; 44 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. At end: 7/1/94.

1 32 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Sonatas, piano (1972)
Piano sonata / Michael Sahl.
1972.

20 p. of ms. music ; 28 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. Caption title. Includes duplicate copy (20 p. photocopied onto [10] p. ; 22 x 28 cm.) of holograph. At end: November 2, 1972, 82 E 3 St New York N.Y.

1 33 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Songs (1957)
3 songs / Michael Sahl ; poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
1957.

1 ms. score (17 leaves) ; 44 cm.

Photocopy of ms. For soprano and piano. English words. Cover title. "December, 1957"--Cover. The windhover -- Carrion comfort -- To R.B.

1 34 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Songs (1990)
Two songs / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard.
[1990]

1 ms. score (18 p.) ; 28 x 44 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For high voice and piano. English words. Title from bottom of p. 1. Contains 36 leaves photocopied onto 18 p. The old ones -- Last day years end.

1 35 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Songs (1990)
Two songs / [music by] Michael Sahl ; [text by] Margaret Yard.
1990.

1 ms. score (9, 15 leaves) ; 28 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For high voice and piano. English words. Includes photocopy of typescript text ([3] leaves). Cover title. "Master"--Enclosing envelope. "2 songs revised"--Enclosing envelope. Contains revisions using a pasted insert and white correction fluid applied directly to manuscript. Os velhos = The old ones -- Last day year's end.

1 36 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Storms / Michael Sahl.
1985.

1 ms. score (55 p.) ; 28 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For saxophone quartet (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone) and string quartet. Caption title. "For the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, 1985"--Caption. At end: 6/13/85, 223 E 5 St NYC.

1 37 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Strangers in the land of Beulah : based on the old hymn, written for Ma Prem Alimo / Michael Sahl.
1982.

1 ms. score (14 p.) ; 28 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For high voice and piano. English words. Caption title. At end: ½9/82, 223 E. 5 St NYC.

1 38 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Symphonies, instrumental ensemble
Symphony 1983 / Michael Sahl.
1983.

1 ms. score (48 leaves) ; 28 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For clarinet, tenor saxophone, flugelhorn, bass trombone, electric guitar, drum set, piano, electric violin, and double bass. Caption title. At end: March 22, 1983, 223 E 5 St. NYC. "Symphony 1983 score 8 ½ x 11 submaster"--Enclosing envelope.

1 39 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Symphonies (1988)
Symphony 1988 / Michael Sahl.
1988.

1 ms. score (97 p.) ; 23 x 36 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. At end: 10/14/87, 223 E 5 St NY. Original title, Symphony 1987, visible in caption beneath label containing revised title.

1 40 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
That time of year / Michael Sahl ; [text by] Wm. Shakespeare.
1956.

1 ms. score (3 leaves) ; 36 cm.

Holograph in ink on vellum. For high voice and piano. English words. Received with another song, Lord of my love, in folder marked "Shakespeare songs". "Nov. 11, 1956"--Caption.

1 41 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Volcano pie / Michael Sahl.
2006.

1 ms. score (24 p.) ; 44 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, bass trombone, electric guitar, drum set, piano, electric violin, electric violoncello and electric bass. Caption title. Contains 48 leaves photocopied onto 24 p. At end: 11/14/06.

1 42 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
A walk : for 2 keyboards / [Michael Sahl].
[2000]

1 ms. score (12 p.) ; 41 cm.

Photocopy of holograph. For one electric and one acoustic keyboard. Contains crossouts and revisions in pencil.

Box Item Contents
1 43 Sahl, Michael, 1934-
Uniform title: Selections
[Music by Michael Sahl].
[2009]

3 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

MP3 files. The 1st-5th, 10th works for instrumental ensemble; the 6th for piano, guitar, percussion, violin and double bass; the 7th for string quartet; the 8th for violin and piano; the 9th a cantata for SATBar, piano, percussion and synthesizer. The 9th work sung in English. Title supplied by cataloger. Text of the 9th work by Margaret Yard. Unknown performers. Recording dates and locations unknown. Compact discs. [Disc 1]. Fire song ; Baby music ; Old strollers ; In the dark ; Apatrides ; Jungles -- [Disc 2]. Quartet 2000 ; Grand sonata for violin and piano -- [Disc 3]. Katrina : voices of the lost ; Volcano pie.


Search Terms

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Subjects

Music--Manuscripts
Sahl, Michael, 1934- --Manuscripts

Genres

Scores

Associated Material

Additional Guides

All scores in the collection are cataloged in WorldCat and are available in BISON , the online catalog for the University at Buffalo Libraries, by performing a "Title begins with" search under "Michael Sahl Score Collection".