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Victor Babin Collection

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Abstract

Title:
Victor Babin Collection
Author/Creator:
Babin, Victor
Size:
6.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1952-1970
Inclusive dates:
1914-1978
Collection Area:
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Repository:
International Piano Archives at Maryland, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, Maryland, 20742
Abstract:

Victor Babin (1908-1972), pianist and composer, was part of a two-pianist performing duo with his wife, Vitya Vronsky. He was also active as a teacher and administrator. This collection consists of scores of pieces he performed written both by him and other composers, recordings of his works and his performances on reel-to-reel tapes, and two miscellaneous publications.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Victor Babin Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Summary: Victor Babin was born in Russia and met his wife/performing partner, Vitya Vronsky, in Berlin. He served as Director at the Aspen Music School (1951-1954), and at the Cleveland Institute of Music (1961-1972). Babin also taught at Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Babin died in 1972.

Full History: Victor Babin was born in Russia and met his wife/performing partner, Vitya Vronsky, while studying with Artur Schnabel in Berlin. Vronsky also studied with Alfred Cortot and with Egon Petri. Babin and Vronsky embarked upon a career as a duo that took them all over the world. Their recordings were issued by RCA Victor, Columbia, Decca and EMI. Despite a break from performance during World War II (during which Babin served in the Armed Forces as a Private in the U.S. Army, and Vronsky worked with war casualties in Washington D.C. hospitals), the duo still managed to perform well over 1200 concerts in North America alone. From 1951-1954, Babin taught at the Aspen Music School, where he was the director and a member of the Festival Quartet along with Szymon Goldberg, William Primrose and Nikolay Graudan. From 1961 until his death, Babin was Director of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where both he and Vronsky served on the Institute's faculty. In addition, Babin taught at Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, and at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Babin died in 1972 and Vronsky died in 1992.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Victor Babin Collection covers the years 1946 to 1978, with the bulk of material from 1952-1970. The collection consists of compositions by Babin, reel-to-reel tapes, published and unpublished works by other composers, and Babins miscellaneous publications. This collection contains Babins and other composers piano solos, as well as scores for piano concertos, piano duets, chamber music, and arrangements for two pianos. Vronsky, who plays on recordings with Babin, is featured in the collection, and some major composers in this collection include Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Stravinsky, and Debussy. The collection features Babins performances at the Library of Congress, with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, at the Carnegie Lecture Hall, and at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Materials were received on June 11th, 1998. Donation of the Victor Babin Collection to IPAM was made possible through the good offices of Paul Schenly, a former student of Victor Babin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Scores, 1914-1971, and Undated (4.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains published and unpublished works by Victor Babin and by other composers. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Subseries 1.1: Works by Victor Babin, 1965-1971, and Undated (2.00 Linear Feet)

This subseries includes original compositions for piano solo, piano duet, chamber music, piano concerto, and two pianos, and arrangements for two pianos.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- Cadenzas for Mozart's Concertos, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 1
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- Cadenzas for Mozart's Concertos, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 2
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- Cadenzas for Mozart's Concertos, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 3
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- Cadenzas and Concerto No.2, 1956-1961series 1.1box 1folder 4
Concerto No. 2 for Two Pianos and OrchestraManuscript, 1961series 1.1box 1folder 4item 1.0
Concerto No. 2 for Two Pianos and OrchestraManuscript, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 4item 2.0
Concerto No. 2 for Two Pianos and OrchestraManuscript with Piano Score, 1956series 1.1box 1folder 4item 3.0
Concerto No. 2 for Two Pianos and OrchestraManuscript with Piano Score, 1956series 1.1box 1folder 4item 4.0
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- Concerto da Camera No. 2 for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, and Piano Duet, 1967series 1.1box 1folder 5
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- Concerto No. 1 for Two Pianos and Orchestra-Orchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6
Concerto no. 1 for 2 Pianos and OrchestraOrchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6item 1.0
Concerto no. 1 for 2 Pianos and OrchestraOrchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6item 2.0
Concerto no. 1 for 2 Pianos and OrchestraOrchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6item 3.0
Concerto no. 1 for 2 Pianos and OrchestraOrchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6item 1.0
Concerto no. 1 for 2 Pianos and OrchestraOrchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6item 2.0
Concerto no. 1 for 2 Pianos and OrchestraOrchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6item 3.0
Concerto no. 1 for 2 Pianos and OrchestraOrchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6item 4.0
Concerto no. 1 for 2 Pianos and OrchestraOrchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6item 5.0
Concerto no. 1 for 2 Pianos and OrchestraOrchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6item 6.0
Concerto no. 1 for 2 Pianos and OrchestraOrchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6item 7.0
Concerto no. 1 for 2 Pianos and OrchestraOrchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6item 8.0
Concerto no. 1 for 2 Pianos and OrchestraOrchestral Reduction, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 6item 9.0
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- Concerto da Camera for Piano Duet and String Orchestra, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 7
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- Concerto da Camera for Piano Duet and String Quintet, 1965series 1.1box 1folder 8
Concerto da Camera for Piano Duet and String Quintet, 1965series 1.1box 1folder 8item 1.0
Concerto da Camera for Piano Duet and String Quintet, 1965series 1.1box 1folder 8item 2.0
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- Concerto da Camera for Piano Duet and String Quintet, 1965series 1.1box 1folder 9
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- Concerto da Camera for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, and Piano Duet, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 10
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- Concerto da Camera for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, and Piano Duet, 1967series 1.1box 1folder 11
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- Concerto da Camera for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, and Piano Duet, 1967series 1.1box 1folder 12
Concerto da Camera for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, and Piano Duet, 1967series 1.1box 1folder 12item 1.0
Concerto da Camera for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, and Piano Duet, 1967series 1.1box 1folder 12item 2.0
Concerto da Camera for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, and Piano Duet, 1967series 1.1box 1folder 12item 3.0
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- D, 1940, and Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 13
Original Compositions -- Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, 2 Pianos and Piano Duet -- D, 1940, and Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 14
Original Compositions -- Chamber, Other -- D-Q, 1947-1953, and Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 15
Original Compositions -- Chamber, Other -- D-Q, 1947-1953, and Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 16
Original Compositions -- Chamber, Other -- D-Q, 1947-1953, and Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 17
Original Compositions -- Chamber, Other -- Sun Shafts, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 18
Sun Shafts, 1st Movement Early Rays: Ten Songs for Tenor, Bb Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Bb Bass Clarinet, Tenor Trombone, Cello and Piano, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 18item 1.0
Sun Shafts, 1st Movement Early Rays: Ten Songs for Tenor, Bb Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Bb Bass Clarinet, Tenor Trombone, Cello and Piano, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 18item 2.0
Original Compositions -- Chamber, Other -- Twelve Variations on a Theme by Henry Purcell, 1945series 1.1box 1folder 19
Original Compositions -- Chamber, Other -- Trio, 1953series 1.1box 1folder 20
Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, 1953series 1.1box 1folder 20item 1.0
Arrangements -- 2 pianos, piano 4 hands -- G-Swan, 1943-1964, and Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 21
Arrangements -- 2 pianos, piano 4 hands -- G-Swan, 1943-1964, and Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 22
Arrangements -- 2 pianos, piano 4 hands -- G-Swan, 1943-1964, and Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 23
Arrangements -- 2 pianos, piano 4 hands -- G-Swan, 1943-1964, and Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 24
Arrangements -- 2 pianos, piano 4 hands -- Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 25
Stravinsky: Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 25item 1.0
Arrangements -- 2 pianos, piano 4 hands -- Tchaikovsky Waltzes, 1960, and Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 26
Arrangements -- 2 pianos, piano 4 hands -- Tchaikovsky Waltzes, 1960, and Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 27
Arrangements -- 2 pianos, piano 4 hands -- Tchaikovsky Waltzes, 1960, and Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 28

Subseries 1.2: Published Works by Other Composers, 1914-1967, and Undated

This subseries includes published works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Moussorgsky, and Kalomiris.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Kalomiris, Manolis -- Preludes for Piano (Michel Gaetanos), Undatedseries 1.2box 2folder 1
Kalomiris, Manolis: Preludes for Piano (Michel Gaetanos), Undatedseries 1.2box 2folder 1item 1.0
Moussorgsky, M. -- Pictures From an Exhibition -- Edward B. Marks Corporation, 1951 Undatedseries 1.2box 2folder 2
Schoenberg, Arnold -- Pierrot Lunaire op. 21 -- Universale Edition, 1914 1914series 1.2box 2folder 3
Stravinsky, Igor -- Requiem Canticles -- Boosey & Hawkes, 1967series 1.2box 2folder 4

Subseries 1.3: Unpublished Works by Other Composers, 1914-1971, and Undated

This subseries includes recordings of unpublished works for piano solo, piano and orchestra, two pianos, and the Webern Cello pieces.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Piano Solos, 1971, and Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 5
Piano Solos, 1971, and Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 6
Piano Solos, 1971, and Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 7
Piano and Orchestra Pieces, 1962-1965, and Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 8
Piano and Orchestra Pieces, 1962-1965, and Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 9
2 Pianos -- B-L, 1964, and Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 10
2 Pianos -- B-L, 1964, and Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 11
2 Pianos -- B-L, 1964, and Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 12
2 Pianos -- Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 13
Lopatnikoff, Nikolai: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 13item 1.0
2 Pianos -- V-W, 1940-1950, and Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 14
2 Pianos -- V-W, 1940-1950, and Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 15
2 Pianos -- V-W, 1940-1950, and Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 16
Webern Cello Pieces, 1914 1914series 1.3box 2folder 17

Series 2: Miscellaneous Publications, Undated (2 Folders)

This series contains a publication on the tenth anniversary of Babins death and a critical commentary of him playing Chopins Ballades. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
"Victor Babin" -- Publication commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of Victor Babin -- Cleveland Institute of Music, Undated Undated series 2box 2folder 18
Chopin Ballades -- Critical Commentary, Undated series 2box 2folder 19

Series 3: Recordings (Reel-to-Reel Tapes), 1946-1978, and Undated (2.00 Linear Feet)

This series includes reel-to-reel tapes of Babin performing both by himself and with Vronsky at the Library of Congress and the Cleveland Institute of Music, among other places.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Recordings (Reel-to-Reel Tapes), 1946-1978, and Undated series 3box 3folder 1

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