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Samuel Barber : the composer and his music

Author: Barbara B Heyman
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Samuel Barber (1910-1981) is one of the most admired and honored American composers of the twentieth century. An unabashed Romantic, largely independent of worldwide trends and the avant-garde, he infused his works with poetic lyricism and gave tonal language and forms new vitality. He left a rich legacy in virtually every genre, including the famous Adagio for Strings, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, three concertos,
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Heyman, Barbara B.
Samuel Barber.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)655211983
Named Person: Samuel Barber; Samuel Barber; Samuel Barber; Samuel Barber; Samuel Barber
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara B Heyman
ISBN: 0195066502 9780195066500 0195090586 9780195090581
OCLC Number: 23217922
Description: xviii, 586 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Beginnings --
2. A Serious Student. The Curtis Institute of Music, Scalero, Menotti, First publications, Three Songs --
3. Discoveries. Summers in Europe, the Menotti family, Serenade for String Quartet, Unpublished early works: Violin Sonata, Piano Concerto, Organ Prelude and Fugue, Interludes for Piano, Carillon pieces --
4. Uncertainties. Overture to The School for Scandal, Dover Beach, Composer as singer --
5. Independence. Cello Sonata, Music for a Scene from Shelley, Incidental Music for One Day of Spring --
6. The American Academy. Symphony in One Movement, Chamber Music, String Quartet --
7. Recognition. The Toscanini premieres: Essay for Orchestra, and the Adagio for Strings, Choral works --
8. Prelude to War. Violin Concerto, Four Songs, Second Essay --
9. World Cataclysm. Commando March, Funeral March, Second Symphony, Night Flight, Four Excursions, Capricorn Concerto --
10. Middle Years. Cello Concerto, Medea, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Piano Sonata --
11. Composer as Conductor --
12. Song Cycles. Melodies passageres, Souvenirs, Hermit Songs, "Adventure" --
13. Searches. Prayers of Kierkegaard, Summer Music, "Horizon" --
14. Vanessa --
15. Interlude. Wondrous Love, Nocturne, A Hand of Bridge, Toccata Festiva, Die Natali --
16. Lincoln Center Commissions. Piano Concerto, Andromache's Farewell --
17. A New Opera House. Antony and Cleopatra --
18. The Last Years. Despite and Still, Choral works, Mutations from Bach, The Lovers, Fadograph of a Yestern Scene, Three Songs, Ballade, Third Essay, Canzonetta for Oboe and String Orchestra.
Responsibility: Barbara B. Heyman.
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Drawing on a range of letters, diaries and journals, this biography of a major American composer of the 20th century traces his career and evaluates his individual works. It also describes the  Read more...

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