Divertissements [Arranged for two pianos]. Signed by the composer. Darius MILHAUD.
BABIN, Victor 1908-1972, arranger

Divertissements [Arranged for two pianos]. Signed by the composer

I. La Français II. L'Espagnole III. L'Italienne IV. La Provençale ... A deux pianos par Victor Babin

Paris: Max Eschig [6716], 1954.

Folio. Loose in original publisher's light olive green printed wrappers with titling within double-ruled border to upper, publisher's advertisment to verso of lower. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 24, [i] (blank), [i] (publisher's advertisement).

With an autograph inscription from Milhaud to Vithya and Victor Babin: "á Vithya et Victor ce début de collaboration Babin Milhaud leur ami Darius 1954."

Wrappers browned, faded, and slightly chipped.

Excerpts from Milhaud's ballet Vendanges, composed for the Paris Opéra in 1952 but not realized until its premiere at the Nice Opera on 17 April 1972.

"There is scarcely a genre not represented in Milhaud’s output. From grand opera to children’s piano pieces, everything seems to be there in extraordinary profusion. Capable of composing anywhere, even while travelling he was not disturbed by the presence of other people or by ambient noise. He found his musical voice very early on, and there was neither anguish in creation, nor any problem of language or expression, let alone of technique. He rarely made sketches or notes. Such serenity in the act of creation – allied to an independence of mind and musical style, an indifference to criticism (unless from his close friend, the Belgian musicologist Paul Collaer), and a seriousness of purpose that his sense of fantasy sometimes seems to belie – meant that he was receptive to many and varied sources of inspiration." Jeremy Drake in Grove Music Online

Victor Babin and his wife Vitya Vronsky were pianists who performed as Vronsky & Babin; Babin was also a composer and the director of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Item #33765

Price: $350.00  other currencies

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