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Charles Haubiel

Charles Haubiel was born as Charles Trowbridge Pratt on 30 January 1892 in Delta (Ohio, USA). He later assumed the maiden name of his mother, Mary Haubiel. He received his first piano lessons from his sister Florence Pratt Morey and continued his studies in Berlin and Leipzig under Martin Krause and Rudolph Ganz. He completed his studies in New York under Josef and Rosina Lhévinne (piano), Rosario Scalero (counterpoint) and Modest Altschuler (orchestration).

Charles Haubiel first worked as a piano accompanist and toured with renowned violinist Jaroslav Kocian through the US. He then earned a living from teaching. From 1921 to 1931 he taught piano at the Institute of Musical Art (now Juilliard School) and starting from 1923 he lectured composition and theory at the New York University for more than two decades. In 1935 Charles Haubiel founded the publishing house "Composer's Press" to promote his works and other contemporary US composers. After his retirement Charles Haubiel moved to California and focussed on composing.

He died on 26 August 1978 in Los Angeles (USA).


Among the compositions by Charles Haubiel are 7 operas, "Karma" for orchestra, "Tre Ritratti Characteristici" for orchestra, "Pioneers" for orchestra, "Gothic variations" for violin and orchestra, 5 piano trios, "Cryptics" for cello and piano, several piano pieces, 3 canatas (i.a. Vision of St. Joan, Father Abraham), works for choir and orchestra as well as song cycles and songs.


In my possession is an autograph manuscript of the "Nocturne for violin and piano op.13" by Charles Haubiel. The composition was completed in Oklahoma City in July 1917 according to the manuscript. It seems that the manuscript was later given to Irving Schwerke, because it bears a handwritten dedication to him in a different pen on the title page.

Irving Schwerke was a famous US journalist and himself a pianist. He lived and worked for many years in Paris as music critic. Charles Haubiel had to serve military service in World War I since the end of 1917 and was based in Paris. It is very likely that the two men met there. The Nocturne was composed shortly before Charles Haubiel was drafted into war.

As far as I know the Nocturne op.13 remains an previously unknown and unpublished composition by Charles Haubiel. For that reason I provide the score here for information purposes:

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