Emanuel Balaban

Emanuel Balaban (January 27, 1895 – April 17, 1973) was a pianist and free-lance conductor who taught at the Eastman School of Music and later at the Juilliard School.

Balaban was born to Joseph Balaban and Olga Ribman Balaban in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Institute of Musical Art, then studied under Fritz Busch in Germany. Although a pianist (he was accompanist to Efrem Zimbalist, Mischa Elman and Erica Morini), conducting was his goal. He was a conductor at the Dresden State Opera and led orchestra in Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, New York, and Washington D.C.

From 1929 through 1944 he was Director of the Opera Department at the Eastman School of Music. In 1947 he joined the faculty of the Juilliard School, a position he held until his death. From 1953 to 1956 he was on the faculty of the Berkshire Music Center.

He recorded at two operas composed by Gian Carlo Menotti, The Medium and The Telephone.

Balaban died at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City. He was married to Priscilla Brown who survived him, as did his siblings Edward Balaban and Stella Appelbaum.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 27th, 1895, Died April 17th, 1973

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1923

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-23992 10-in. 5/5/1920 Spring song Efrem Zimbalist Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-23993 10-in. 5/5/1920 Serenade Efrem Zimbalist Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-24907 10-in. 1/24/1921 Russian dance Efrem Zimbalist Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-25126 12-in. 3/29/1921 Mazurka Erica Morini Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-25127 12-in. 3/29/1921 Romance Erica Morini Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-25592 10-in. 10/7/1921 Serenade Mischa Elman Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-25654 12-in. 10/17/1921 Eïli, Eïli Mischa Elman Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-25724 10-in. 10/18/1921 Canzonetta Erica Morini Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-25725 10-in. 10/18/1921 Gavotte antique Erica Morini Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-26193 10-in. 4/3/1922 At the fountain Erica Morini Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor C-26194 12-in. 4/3/1922 Romance in G Erica Morini Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-26195 10-in. 4/3/1922 Gavotte Erica Morini Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-26199 10-in. 4/3/1922 Serenade, op. 6 Erica Morini Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor B-26400 10-in. 4/3/1922 Valse sentimentale Erica Morini Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 78984 10-in. 2/19/1920 If you could care Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 79037 10-in. 3/9/1920 At dawning Emanuel Balaban ; Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 79189 10-in. 5/19/1920 Close to your heart Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 79780 10-in. 3/8/1921 Variations on "Yankee Doodle" Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 79816 10-in. 5/2/1921 Liebeslied, no. 2 Emanuel Balaban ; Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 79817 10-in. 5/3/1921 Berceuse Emanuel Balaban ; Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 79818 10-in. 5/4/1921 Serenade Emanuel Balaban ; Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 79819 10-in. 5/4/1921 Flower song, op. 30, no. 5 Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 79820 10-in. 5/4/1921 Spring song Emanuel Balaban ; Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 79823 10-in. 5/5/1921 Angel's serenade Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 79836 10-in. 5/10/1921 I lost my heart to you Emanuel Balaban ; Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Balaban, Emanuel," accessed April 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109455.

Balaban, Emanuel. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109455.

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