Battell, Robbins, 1819-1895

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Robbins Battell was born into a wealthy and prominent family in Norfolk, Connecticut on April 19, 1819. He graduated from Yale in 1839, and like several other members of his family, he became an important benefactor of music at Yale; their contributions were largely responsible for establishing the music department, and the former Battell estate in Norfolk is now the home of Yale's summer music festival. Although Robbins Battell was not a professional musician, he was respected as a composer of sacred music. He devoted most of his time to managing the family fortune; he was also a member of the state legislature and served as a judge of probate and as state comptroller. In 1849 he married Ellen R. Mills, who died two years later; they had one daughter. Robbins Battell died on January 26, 1895.

From the guide to the Selected Compositions of Robbins Battell, 1863-1898, (Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University)

Connecticut composer, philanthropist, and politician.

From the description of [Selected compositions of Robbins Battell]. (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702121402

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creatorOf Selected Compositions of Robbins Battell, 1863-1898 Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Battell, Robbins, 1819-1895. [Selected compositions of Robbins Battell]. Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Battell family. Battell family weather records, 1813-1899. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Jacob Druckman collection of noncommercial sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Battell, Robbins, 1819-1895. [Selected compositions of Robbins Battell]. Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Battell family. Battell family papers, 1810-1885 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn The Gustav Jakob Stoeckel Papers, 1852-1939 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
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associatedWith Druckman, Jacob, 1928-1996 person
associatedWith Hoch, Theodore. person
associatedWith Stoeckel, Carl, 1858-1925. person
associatedWith Stoeckel, Ellen Battell. person
associatedWith Stoeckel, Gustave Jacob, 1819-1907. person
associatedWith Stoeckel, Gustav Jakob, 1819-1907. person
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Birth 1819

Death 1895

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