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COLLECTION Identifier: Ms. Coll. 158

Philip Batstone manuscript scores and other material, 1953-1980


Manuscript scores and sketches by the twentieth-century American composer


  • Creation: 1905-1980

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.


1 collection (6 file boxes, 3.42 linear feet)

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.

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.


  1. Series I. Scores
  2. Series II. Ephemera

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Processed by: Mark DeVoto

Finding aid encoded by: Christina Linklater


Philip Batstone manuscript scores and other material, 1953-1980.
Merritt Room, Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library Repository

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library is the primary repository of musical materials at Harvard. The Music Library’s collecting mission is to serve music teaching and research programs in the Music Department and throughout the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In addition, it supports the musical needs of the broader Harvard community as well as an international scholarly constituency. We collect books, musical scores, serial titles, sound recordings and video formats, microforms, and rare and archival materials that support research in a wide variety of musical disciplines including historical musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, composition, and historically informed performance practice, as well as interdisciplinary areas related to music. The special collections include archival collections from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.

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