Scope and arrangement
The Gabriel Banat papers date from approximately 1946 to 2007, and document Banat's career as a violinist with the New York Philharmonic and as a solo performer or participant in chamber music concerts. These materials include correspondence (some items from well-known conductors and musicians), programs, clippings and photographs.
The collection also includes materials (mostly correspondence) documenting Banat's work editing his facsimile publication of Mozart Violin Concertos ("The Mozart Violin Concerti: A Fascimile Edition of the Autographs" [New York: Raven Press, 1986] and writing his biography of Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges ("The Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Virtuoso of the Sword and the Bow") [Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2006].
The Gabriel Banat papers are arranged in seven series:
Contains letters from Leon Barzin, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Sergiu Comissiona, Eric Leinsdorf, Zubin Mehta, Yehudi Menuhin, Kurt Masur, André Kostelanetz, George Szell, and others. Includes thank you letter from Stephen Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation signed by Stephen Spielberg. Includes extensive letter to the Oestereichische Musik-Zeiting concerning the status of Jews in Nazi- occupied Hungary.
Correspondence, programs, clippings and other documents concerning Banat's career with the New York Philharmonic.
Music Director Zubin Mehta chose Banat to lead members of the New York Philharmonic in their participation at the Festival Bahnhof Rolandseck in 1990-1991. Includes correspondence, clippings, programs and photographs.
The series of clippings cover Banat's solo career. They are subdivided in two sub-series:
Programs from his 1967 complete Mozart- and 1968 '20th Century' Sonata cycles at Library's Bruno Walter Auditorium, recitals and with orchestras in the U. S. and in Europe, and conducting his Westchester Conservatory Orchestra in White Plains and at New York's Cooper Union including several with first-chair colleagues from the New York Philharmonic as soloists.
Publications, lectures, Grammy Award. NY Times reviews of concerts with NY Phil. Chamber Ensemble at Asia Society, and 'Philharmonic En Famille' at Cooper Union; conducting the staged production of Mozart's Magic Flute in his English translation in White Plains with his WC youth orchestra (by Robert Sherman). Includes correspondence and publicity concerning publications on which Banat served as editor, "Masters of the Violin" (New York: Johnson Reprint, 1981-1982) and "The Mozart Violin Concerti" (New York: Raven Press, 1986). Also includes correspondence and publicity concerning Banat's biography of Chevalier de Saint-Georges ("The Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Virtuoso of the Sword and the Bow") (Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2006).
Contains photographs of Banat alone, with various musicians (including Béla Bartók, Pablo Casals, Yehudi Menuhin), and in other situations. Autograph photographs include those of Leonard Bernstein (photo by Banat), Aaron Copland, Georges Enesco, and Zubin Mehta (photo by Banat).
I. Correspondence; II. New York Philharmonic; III. Festival Bahnhof Rolandseck; IV. Clippings; V. Programs; VI. Miscellaneous; VII. Photographs