John Bavicchi

Composer John Bavicchi was born in Boston on April 25, 1922. His initial training was as a civil engineer. A graduate of MIT, he saw combat action in the South Pacific during W.W.II as an officer in the United States Navy’s Construction Battalion (CBs). Returning to civilian life, he entered Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music in 1948; after his graduation, he studied composition at Harvard University under Walter Piston. From 1952 until his death on December 12, 2012 Mr. Bavicchi spent his life composing, conducting, and teaching. Following various freelance teaching posts, he joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music in 1964, and was made Professor Emeritus in 1997. He continued to work with students of composition until his passing on December 9, 2012.

John Bavicchi produced a diverse and impressive catalog of more than 130 compositions in a variety of creative instrumental and vocal combinations. He was honored with awards from The National Institute of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, the American Symphony Orchestra League, and the Berklee College of Music. He was commissioned by, among others, the Harvard Musical Association, the Cecilia [choral] Society, the Welsh Arts Council, the MIT Concert Band, the Concord Band, and the Boston Civic Symphony. The Archives of John Bavicchi including a complete set of his 130 compositions and many other books and items of memorabilia are housed by the Music Library of Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

John Bavicchi’s works which are currently in stock are listed below. NOTE: We are now making much of BKJ's music including that of John Bavicchi available through J.W. Pepper. As we make that transition we are specially marking his music which is available on the Pepper website. However, almost all of John Bavicchi's music is available. Please use this link to view and/or print the information on all his works.. Please contact us for current pricing and delivery lead time on any composition you do not see on this page.

Some of Mr. Bavicchi’s works are published by Oxford University Press. For information please contact OUP in Cary, NC. at Customer Service Dept., Oxford University Press, 2001 Evans Road, Cary, NC 27513 or by email at

Nine pieces of his chamber music were published by Seesaw Music they are now available from Subito Music and Sheet . Direct links to these works are included in the listings below.

Chamber Music:

Divertimento Op. 1 $25.00for Clarinet, Viola, and PianoListen to the DiviertimentoFind on Sheet Music Plus(duration - 9 min.)
Trio No. 1, Op. 4 $25.00Clarinet, Viola, and PianoListen to the TrioFind on JW Pepper(duration - 16 min. ) Four Songs, Op. 6A $13.95Contralto & Chamber Piano ReductionListen to Op. 6(duration - 14 minutes)
Sonata No. 1, Op. 8 $25.00Cello, and PianoListen to the Sonata(duration - 12 min.) Trio No. 2, Op. 13 $25.00Clarinet, Cello, and PianoListen to the Trio(duration - 18 min.)
Fanatsy, Op. 15 $13.95for Piano SoloFind on JW Pepper (Fall 2020)(duration - 5 min.)
Four Songs, Op. 17 $13.95Soprano & Pianoin Piano ReductionFind on Sheet Music Plus(duration - 9 min.) Trio No. 3, Op. 18 $17.95Mezzo Soprano, Violin & CelloFind on Sheet Music Plus(duration - 9 min.)
Sonata for Unaccomp. Clarinet, Op. 20 $5.00Oxford University Press - Out of PrintListen to the SonataFind on JW Pepper Fall 2020(duration - 6 min.)
Three Preludes Op. 21 $5.75for Unaccompanied TromboneListen to Op. 21Find on JW Pepper(duration - 6 min.) Quartet No. 1, Op.22 $10.50for Brass QuartetListen to Op. 22Find on JW Pepper Fall 2020(duration - 13 min.)
Toccata, Op. 23 $13.95for Piano SoloListen to the ToccataFind on Sheet Music Plus(duration - 5 min.)
Six Duets, Op. 27 $5.00 for Flute & ClarinetOxford University Press Out of PrintListen to the DuetsFind on JW Pepper (duration - 11 min.)
Sonata for Piano, Op. 37 $15.00Find on JW Pepper (Falll 2020)
A Clarinet Handbook, Op. 47 $15.00(Collection of duets, trios and aquartet for Eb, Bb, Alto,and Bass Clarinets.)Find on JW Pepper(duration - 10 min.)
Quartet No, 4 , Op. 52 $14.95Saxophone QuartetListen to the QuartetFind on JW Pepper(duration - 6 min.)

Music for Mallets & Percussion, Op.55 $20.00Percussion EnsembleOxford Univ. Press (out of ptint)Coming to JW Pepper (Fall 2020)Listen to Op. 55(duration - 5 min.)
Prelude, Fugue & Coda, Op. 58 $18.95Woodwind QuintetFind on Sheet Music Plus(duration - 4 min.)
A Duet Dozen, Op.61 $5.00Easy Duets for Childrenfor Piano 4-HandsOxford University Press - Out of PrintListen to the DuetsComing to JW Pepper (Fall 2020)(duration - 4 min.)
Trio No, 6, Op. 62 $60.00Piano and Two Percussion Find on Sheet Music Plus(duration - 12 min.)
Theme with Variations, Op. 75 $9.00Solo FluteListen to Op. 75(duration - 4 min.)
Quintet, Op. 109 $25.00Bb Clar. & String QuartetListen to Op. 109(duration 14 - min.)
Six For Two, Op. 125 $25.00Bb Clarinet & PianoFind on JW Pepper(duration 11 - min.)

Choral/Vocal Works:

Choral Art. John Bavicchi (ed.) $4.95 Choir/voice - Grade 3Composed by Theron W. Kirk. Edited by John Bavicchi and Emma Lou Diemer. Choral. Choral octavo. Neil A. Kjos Music Company .Find on Sheet Music Plus
Five Short Poems, Op.45 (Min. 5 copies) $3.50SSAA unaccompaniedFind on JW Pepper (Fall 2020)
To The Lighthouse, Op. 16 $12.95Text by Norma FarberSoprano Voice, Horn & PianoVocal Score & Parts.Find on Sheet Music Plus(duration - 4 min.)
Infinite Patience, Op. 106 $25.00Mezzo soprano, Cl., and piano.Text: R.W. Gilder(duration - 10 min.)
Psalm 104, Op. 73 $6.00(Chorus Book, Piano only)Chorus, STB solos,2 Treble Instruments, 1 bass Instrument,1 Percussionist, KeyboardFind on JW PepperScore & Parts on rental from Oxford Press(duration - 25 min)
Six Korean Folk Songs, Op. 35 $17.95Soprano, alto, 2 oboes and piano.Find on Sheet Music Plus(duration - 9 min.)
The Hallam Songs, Op. 116 $25.00Soprano, alto, 2 oboes and piano.Text by Alfred TennysonPerformed on the CD TOUCH THE DARK STRINGS(duration - 14 min.)


Concertino, Op. 88 $20.00Tuba and Brass QuartetListen to Op. 88(duration - 11 min.)Coming to JW Pepper (Fall 2020)

Concert Band:

Band of the Year, Op.66 Please Inquire via eMailListen to Band of the Year Discontinued by Oxford Press(duration - 6 min.)

Caroline’s Dance, Op.67A Please Inquire via eMailListen to Caroline's Dance(duration - 7 min.)

The works below are available on rental from

Concerto for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 11(Cl. & Piano version available)(duration - 20 min)
Suite No. 1 for Orchestra Op. 19(duration - 23 min)
A Concert Overture, Op. 29(duration - 8 min)
Festival Symphony, Op.51Concert Band(duration - 24 min)
Corley's March, Op.54Concert Band(duration - 4 min)
Suite No. 3 for Band Op. 60(duration - 16 min)
Mont Blanc Overture, Op. 72Orchestra Keyboard(duration - 10 min)
Psalm 104, Op. 73Chorus, STB solos,2 Treble Instruments, 1 bass Instrument,1 Percussionist, Keyboard(duration - 25 min)
Three Score Reflections, Op. 84Poem of Frances Babcock, Words by James Terry2Fl, 2 Cl, Bn, 2 Trpt, 2 Trb, Tuba, Perc, Piano, Chorus I, Chorus II, Unison Chorus(duration - 11 min)
Fusions Op. 92Improvised Trombone and Orch,(duration - 12 min)
Fusions Op. 92Improvised Trombone and Concert Band ver.(duration - 12 min)