Scope and Content
Title: Sol Babitz Collection of Research Materials, Correspondence, and Papers, 1948-1982,
Date (inclusive): 1948-1982.
Collection number: 52
(35.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: This collection consists of research notes, musical sketches, manuscripts, published scores, books, pamphlets, periodical
issues, offprints, typed drafts of articles, photocopies of articles, scores, miscellaneous printed music pages, and correspondence.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF.
Advance notice is required for access to the collection.
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Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections. All requests
for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in
writing to the Librarian for Performing Arts Special Collections. Permission for
publication is given on behalf of the Performing Arts Special Collectionsas the owner of the
physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the
copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained.
Restrictions on Access
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
[Identification of item],
Sol Babitz Collection of Research Materials, Correspondence, and Papers, 1948-1982, 52, Performing Arts Special Collections,
University of California, Los Angeles.
Babitz was born on Oct. 11, 1911, in Brooklyn, NY;
he was largely a self-taught violinist since
leaving high school; his violin teachers included
Carl Flesch in Berlin and Marcel Chailley in
Paris; his interest in performance practice was
aroused by the writing of Arnold Dolmetsch and
encouraged by Igor Stravinsky, whose string parts
Babitz edited for many years; he was a violinist
with the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1933-37,
and then played with Hollywood studio orchestras
until 1952; editor, International musician
(1941-62); co-founded the Early Music Laboratory
(EML) in 1948; he devoted much of his research to
the problems of performance practices in baroque
and classical music through studying and
interpreting 17th and 18th century treatises, and
he incorporated his findings in recordings,
articles, and bulletins; died in 1982.
Scope and Content
Research notes, manuscript and typed; musical
sketches and manuscripts; published scores, books,
pamphlets, periodical issues and offprints, with
and without annotations; typed drafts of articles;
photocopies of articles, scores, and miscellaneous
printed music pages; and correspondence - all
mostly related to baroque performance practice
research done through the Early Music Laboratory
(EML). Includes a set of EML Bulletins, other EML
publications, and disc recordings of EML sponsored
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Early Music Laboratory.
Musicologists--United States--Archival resources.
Performance practice (Music)--Research.