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Peabody Institute Thomas Benjamin collection

 Collection
Identifier: PIMS-0141

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The Peabody Institute Thomas Benjamin collection, approximately 1964-2015, was assembled by staff of the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives. It includes printed or manuscript facsimile copies of musical scores by Benjamin, unpublished sound and video recordings of Benjamin's compositions, and copies of music theory textbooks written or co-written by Benjamin.

Dates

  • Creation: approximately 1964-2015

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives of the Peabody Institute. Contact peabodyarchives@lists.jhu.edu for more information.

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

Thomas Benjamin (b. 1940) is a composer, choral conductor, and music theorist. He taught music theory and composition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University from 1987 until approximately 2010.

Benjamin has composed more than 150 musical works, including song cycles, chamber music, symphonic music, choral music (especially for the Unitarian church), and operas. His opera The Alien Corn, with a libretto by Roger Brunyate, premiered at the Peabody Institute in 2005.

Benjamin has authored several music theory textbooks, including Techniques and Materials of Music and The Craft of Tonal Counterpoint.

Extent

1.4 Cubic Feet (5 boxes and about 7 additional media items)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Thomas Benjamin is a composer, choral conductor, and music theorist who taught at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University from 1987 until approximately 2010. The Peabody Institute Thomas Benjamin collection was assembled by staff of the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives. It includes printed or manuscript facsimile copies of musical scores by Benjamin, unpublished sound and video recordings of Benjamin's compositions, and copies of music theory textbooks written or co-written by Benjamin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Scores and textbooks in box 4 donated by Thomas Benjamin in 1999. Scores in box 3 donated by Phyllis Bryn-Julson in 2016. Scores, CDs, and DVDs in boxes 1, 2, and 5 donated by Thomas Benjamin in 2018.

Related Materials

More than 150 scores by Benjamin and several editions of the textbooks he wrote or co-authored are available at the Arthur Friedheim Library and can be located through the library catalog.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Matt Testa in 2024.

Source

Title
Guide to the Peabody Institute Thomas Benjamin collection
Status
Completed
Author
Matt Testa
Date
2024
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Contact:
Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA