Victor Young (1900-1956) was an American composer, arranger, conductor, and violinist who wrote and directed music for many Hollywood motion pictures in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, including Gulliver's Travels, Shane, Golden Earrings, The Quiet Man, and For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Born in Chicago, Young lived for much of his childhood in Poland, where he studied violin; in 1917 he became a violinist with the Warsaw Philharmonic. In 1920 Young moved to New York, and later to California, where his career as music director and composer for Hollywood motion pictures soared.
Young was awarded a Golden Globe in 1952 and an Emmy in 1955 for his musical scores. He was nominated for an Academy Award twenty-two times before he was awarded the Oscar posthumously for the score of Around the World in 80 Days in 1957; he died in November of 1956 at the age of 56.
The Victor Young collection, which includes more than a hundred musical scores and LP recordings as well as awards (including the Oscar and Golden Globe), clippings, photographs, and memorabilia, was donated to Brandeis by Mr. Young's family.