Babin, Victor, 1908-1972

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Victor Babin was a composer and pianist born in Moscow in 1908. In 1933 he married one of Artur Schnabel's piano pupils Vitya (Victoria) Vronsky with whom he performed as a duo-piano team all over the world. They moved to the United States in 1937. Babin became an American citizen, joined the U.S. Army and continued to give concerts during the Second World War. He taught or administered at the Aspen Music School, the Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, the Cleveland Institute of Music (where he was director from 1961 until his death) and at Case Western Reserve University. He died in Cleveland in 1972.

From the description of Papers of Victor Babin, 1933-1975 (bulk 1942-1945). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 309838655

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.

From the guide to the Victor Babin Collection, 1914-1978, 1952-1970, (International Piano Archives at Maryland)

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creatorOf Babin, Victor, 1908-1972. Two songs : Ritual ; I wake from dreams / by Victor Babin. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Babin, Victor, 1908-1972. Papers of Victor Babin, 1933-1975 (bulk 1942-1945). Library of Congress
referencedIn Leonard Altman Papers, 1930-1995 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Jascha Heifetz Collection, 1911-1972 Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
creatorOf Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971. Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka. [Arranged] for 2 pianos, 4 hands by V. Babin. Eastman School of Music
referencedIn The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Correspondence, literary manuscripts, sound recordings, and other material, 1873-2001. Houghton Library.
creatorOf NCSA Wind Ensemble. NCSA Wind Ensemble [sound recording] University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
referencedIn Little Orchestra Society concert recordings collection [sound recording], 1947-1957 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Schang, F. C. Frederick C. Schang papers, 1808-1978 (bulk 1941-1976) New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Babin, Victor, 1908-1972. Concerto da camera : no. 3 : percussion ensemble (1 timpani [player], two percussion) & piano duet. Library of Congress
creatorOf Babin, Victor, 1908-1972. Concerto da camera : no. 2 : for woodwind quintet and piano duet. Library of Congress
creatorOf Victor Babin Collection, 1914-1978, 1952-1970 International Piano Archives at Maryland
creatorOf Babin, Victor, 1908-1972. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1972, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Babin, Victor, 1908-1972. [Concerto da camera : no. 1 / Victor Babin]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Frederick C. Schang papers, 1808-1978, 1941-1976 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Shaw, Harold. Correspondence with Eugene Ormandy, 1978-1983. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Fritz Reiner Papers, 1916-1983 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Reiner, Fritz, 1888-1963. Frits Reiner papers, 1916-1983. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Horowitz, Vladimir, 1903-1989. The papers of Vladimir and Wanda Toscanini Horowitz, 1784-1991 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Babin, Victor, 1908-1972. Road to life : song without words for voice and piano : in A-minor / by Victor Babin. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Babin, Victor, 1908-1972. Strains from far-off lands : three pieces for two pianos, four hands : based on folk melodies / by Victor Babin. Library of Congress
creatorOf Babin, Victor, 1908-1972. [Concerto da camera : no. 1 / Victor Babin]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Altman, Leonard, 1920-1996. Leonard Altman papers, 1930-1995. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Babin, Victor, 1908-1972. Sonata-fantasia / Victor Babin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Babin, Victor, 1908-1972. Concerto da camera : no. 3. Library of Congress
creatorOf Babin, Victor, 1908-1972. [Concerto da camera : no. 2 / Victor Babin]. Library of Congress
referencedIn The Papers of Vladimir and Wanda Toscanini Horowitz., 1784-1991 Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
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associatedWith Altman, Leonard, 1920-1996. person
associatedWith Babin, Vitya. person
associatedWith Benét, William Rose, 1886-1950 person
correspondedWith Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990 person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
correspondedWith Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague, 1864-1953 person
correspondedWith Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990 person
associatedWith Horowitz, Vladimir, 1903-1989. person
associatedWith Horowitz, Wanda Toscanini. person
associatedWith Housman, A. E. (Alfred Edward), 1859-1936 person
associatedWith Lieberson, Goddard, 1911-1977. person
associatedWith Little Orchestra Society corporateBody
correspondedWith Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 person
correspondedWith Milhaud, Madeleine person
correspondedWith Mitropoulos, Dimitri, 1896-1960 person
correspondedWith Moldenhauer, Hans, collector. person
associatedWith NCSA Wind Ensemble. corporateBody
associatedWith Pfeiffer, John, 1920- person
correspondedWith Prokofiev, Sergey, 1891-1953 person
correspondedWith Rachmaninoff, Natalie person
correspondedWith Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1873-1943 person
associatedWith Reiner, Fritz, 1888-1963. person
correspondedWith Schang, F. C. person
associatedWith Shaw, Harold. person
associatedWith Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971. person
correspondedWith Stravinsky, Vera person
correspondedWith Tcherepnin, Alexander, 1899-1977 person
correspondedWith Vronsky, Vitya person
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United States
Subject
Songs with piano
World War, 1939-1945--Music and the war
Pianists--United States
Musical sketches
Sonatas (Violoncello and piano)--Scores
Sextets (Piano (4 hands), violins (2), viola, violoncello)--Scores
Music--Manuscripts
Septets (Piano (4 hands), bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe)--Scores
Sextets (Piano (4 hands), percussion)--Scores
Pianists--Correspondence
Folk music
Composers--Correspondence
Piano music (pianos (2)--Scores
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
Composers--United States
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Birth 1908-12-13

Death 1972-03-01

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