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Samuel Barber (3/09/1910 - 1/23/1981)

Samuel Barber is widely known for his famous Adagio for Strings, the slow movement of a string quartet he wrote in 1936. Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1910, he was one of the first students at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where he studied piano, conducting, singing and composition. Awards allowed subsequent study in Rome. He taught briefly at the Curtis Institute but soon withdrew, sharing a house with his former fellow student Menotti. His music remained neo-romantic in idiom, although not without contemporary influences.

Orchestral Music

The Adagio for Strings was arranged for string orchestra from the slow movement of Barber’s string quartet of 1936 and played in this form by the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Toscanini in New York two years later, in a programme that included his first Essay. Other orchestral compositions include an overture, The School for Scandal, which had won him an award in 1933; concertos for violin, for cello and for piano; a Capricorn Concerto for solo wind instruments; and two symphonies.

Stage Works

Barber wrote three operas, Vanessa, with a libretto by Menotti; A Hand of Bridge, for four singers and chamber orchestra; and Antony and Cleopatra, with a libretto by Zeffirelli. His two ballet scores are Medea and Souvenirs.

Vocal and Choral Music

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