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Sergio Cervetti papers

Identifier: PIMS-0013

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Scope and Contents

Series 1 of the Sergio Cervetti papers contains chiefly printed scores of Cervetti's compositions from 1964 to 2020, as well as some Ozalid copies that include Cervetti's handwritten annotations. Series 2 contains audio and video recordings of Cervetti's works.


  • Creation: 1964 - 2020


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

Born in 1940, Sergio Cervetti left his native Uruguay in 1962 to study composition in the United States. In 1966 he attracted international attention when he won the chamber music prize at the Caracas, Venezuela Music Festival. He was subsequently invited to be composer-in-residence in Berlin, Germany in 1969-1970 after studying with Ernst Krenek and graduating from Peabody Conservatory.

From 1972 to 1997 and 2007 to 2008, Cervetti was Master Teacher of Music at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. During this time he composed over 100 works for the concert stage, dance, theater and film, many of them commissioned, recorded, and performed in venues and festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

Cervetti's works range from the acoustic to the electronic and blend folk elements, European tradition, and minimalist aesthetics. As much of a traditionalist as an innovator, he has created works that showcase a post-modern synthesis of techniques from diverse periods as well as his rich South American heritage. (Edited from, accessed 2017 June 2.)


3.09 Cubic Feet (4 medium flat boxes, 2 oversize flat boxes, 1 shoebox, 1 full-size legal document box, 1 card-file box)

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Sergio Cervetti left his native Uruguay in 1962 to study composition in the United States, graduating with a degree from the Peabody Conservatory in 1967 and later teaching music at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University from 1972 to 1997. As a composer, he wrote more than 100 works drawing from electronic music, folk elements, European tradition, and minimalist aesthetics. The Sergio Cervetti papers contain scores and recordings of his works.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sergio Cervetti in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020.

Related Materials

Many published scores and recordings of Cervetti's music can be located through the library catalog.

Processing Information

Processed in 2015.


Guide to the Sergio Cervetti papers
Matt Testa
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
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