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  Samuel Barber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Barber possessed a good baritone voice and, for a while, considered becoming a professional singer.
Barber produced three concertos for solo instruments and orchestra, one for violin, one for cello, and one for piano.
The Piano Concerto was composed for and premiered by pianist John Browning, on September 24, 1962, with Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center, New York.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Samuel_Barber   (630 words)

 - Classical Music Dictionary - Free MP3   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
American composer and musician, born in Pennsylvania, Barber was a graduate of the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, where he studied piano, conducting, singing and composition.
Barber wrote three operas, Vanessa, with a libretto by Menotti, A Hand of Bridge, for four singers and chamber orchestra, and Anthony and Cleopatra, with a libretto by Zeffirelli.
Barber's songs include his setting of Matthew Arnold's Dover Beach for baritone and string quartet: Summer of 915 and Hermit Songs, settings of Irish texts from the 13th to 18th centuries.
www.karadar.it /Dictionary/barber.html   (335 words)

 Samuel Barber program notes (Jan'03) | Chamber Orchestra of the Springs
Barber had a spate of commissions in the early 1970s, but his writing tailed off at the close of the decade, due in no small part to the cancer that was to kill him.
Barber's Violin Concerto was commissioned in 1939 by businessman Samuel Fels for his young protégé Iso Briselli, who rejected the first two movements as "too easy." This seems strange today, when most listeners appreciate these movements for their dramatic phrases and colorful harmony.
Barber followed with the finale, marked "Presto in moto perpetuo," which was written in a more modern vein and leaves the violin soloist frantically racing along a seemingly endless trail of notes.
www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org /Barber31.htm   (334 words)

 Barber, Samuel (1910 - 1981)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Samuel Barber is widely known for his famous Adagio for Strings, the slow movement of a string quartet he wrote in 1936.
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.
Barber's songs include a setting of Matthew Arnold's Dover Beach, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Hermit Songs, settings of Irish texts from the 13th to 18th centuries.
www.naxos.com /composer/barber.htm   (300 words)

 Samuel Barber (1910-1981): American Composer
I found Barber’s music rather innocently, not suspecting the level of adoration I would soon possess.
I was sure of my Barber adoration by my third year of study.
Barber’s music is so personal to me that it felt as if Puffy had taken something of my very own without asking for permission.
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 Barber, Samuel
Samuel Barber was born on 9 March 1910 in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Barber drew attention to himself as early as 1931, when he was barely past twenty, with Overture to School for Scandal, op.
Samuel Barber was a curious figure in the music world of the first half of the 20th century.
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 Samuel Osborne Barber - People of Pennsylvania
Although composing was his forte, Samuel Barber's singing voice, a rich baritone, was another of his musical talents.
Samuel Barber was the recipient of many awards for his music, including the American Prix de Rome Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others.
Heyman's book on Samuel Barber is regarded by many as the most complete and authoritative biography of Barber's life and music.
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 glbtq >> arts >> Barber, Samuel
American composer Samuel Barber made an enduring contribution to the cultural life of the United States and the world, though he is also remembered for the spectacular failure of his opera Antony and Cleopatra.
Barber was born on March 9, 1910 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to a musical family; his aunt was the prominent mezzo-soprano Louise Homer.
Barber's Piano Concerto (1962) brought a second Pulitzer, but the stunning chain of successes came to a bitter end with, ironically, what should have been the crowning moment of his career.
www.glbtq.com /arts/barber_s.html   (828 words)

 Pro Arte: Barber; Knoxville: Summer of 1915   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Samuel Barber was one of a number of American composers whose work was presented frequently in Boston during the period when Serge Koussevitzky was music director of the Boston Symphony, and one whom Koussevitzky commissioned on several occasions.
Barber's setting of James Agee's remarkable prose poem depicts a summer evening in the back yard with the whole family assembled, as seen through the eyes of a small child.
Barber's music grows organically from a handful of ideas: the opening woodwind passage and a tiny three-note cell in the vocal line.
www.proarte.org /notes/barber.htm   (701 words)

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The composer Samuel Barber was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1910 and he seemed destined to live a life in music from childhood.
The possessor of a fine baritone voice, Barber was somewhat torn between his compositional career and his evident talent as a vocal recitalist but he solved this by becoming one of the most significant American composers of art song.
Barber's score perfectly captures the nostalgia and the air of memory that pervades the text.
www.operapaedia.org /Opera.aspx?article=1177&id=4022   (1274 words)

 Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings is a powerful piece, packed with emotional intensity yet also extraordinarily listenable--and popular.
Here, Barber's short masterwork of simplicity and resonance gets eight treatments, from those he approved of (Charles Munch and the strings of the Boston Symphony; the Tokyo String Quartet; organist David Pizarro; and the Smithsonian Chamber Players) to new interpretations that don't quite match with the older renditions.
Barber's Cello Concerto is one of the several great modern works for cello and orchestra.
www.queertheory.com /histories/b/barber_samuel.htm   (620 words)

 Commentary Magazine - Samuel Barber's Revenge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
...Barber, by contrast, was interested only in himself, and his musical style was too narrowly focused to bring a cast of varied personalities to convincing life...
...Viewed from one angle, Barber was indeed fully as rebellious as he imagined himself: born into upper-middleclass comfort in a suburb of Philadelphia, he became an artist and a practicing homosexual, and he lived in cosmopolitan circles far removed from the quiet gentility of West Chester, Pennsylvania...
...SAMUEL BARBER (1910-81) was the most successful of the American composers who came to prominence between the world wars...
www.commentarymagazine.com /Summaries/V101I4P57-1.htm   (2520 words)

 Vanessa by Samuel Barber
The Boston Academy of Music gave Samuel Barber's opera Vanessa, first performed in 1958, a very satisfying performace in which all members of the cast were good.
 Barber was clearly a gifted composer of opera, and today we can appreciate Vanessa for what it is, and not criticize it for any lack of modernity or of American subject matter.
That Naxos recording of Vanessa with Ellen Chickering was released at amazon.co.uk on September 29, 2003, and at amazon.com on November 18, 2003.
www.geocities.com /jrpsong/van.html   (872 words)

 Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA on 9 March 1910.
Although Barber is most popularly remembered for the Adagio for Strings, his compositions for voices are a significant part of his work.
He was the nephew of the celebrated contralto Louise Homer and thus had access to many great singers and songs from an early age, later studying voice himself.
www.guildmusic.com /composer/barbers.htm   (377 words)

 Classical Net - Basic Repertoire List - Barber
Barber seemed just to write music, and, in so doing, became controversial, someone to be attacked or defended.
There is nothing in a Barber piece that instantly proclaims the composer, as a Copland, Ralph Vaughan Williams, or Sergei Prokofieff work surely does.
The violin concerto (1939) is a transitional work: the first two movements sing sweetly and intently; the last movement burns the barn down with complex meters and new dissonances.
www.classical.net /music/comp.lst/barber.html   (1121 words)

 Barber Family History
Samuel Barber, currently the earliest known of our Barber ancestors was born around 1785 in Maryland, orphaned young, and raised by an uncle in Harpers Ferry, Virginia.
Each of Samuel's children became, or married, cattle men, and by the late 40's all but two of them moved "out west" to Gonzales and Refugio counties where conditions, and available land, for cattle were more favorable.
Addison's third son George Levi "Lee" Barber, born in 1874 on the farm in Bee County, evidently decided that the farming and cowpoking life was not for him or was infected like his ancestors with the vagabonding gene.
www.barberhome.com /family   (761 words)

 Samuel Barber   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Samuel Barber's music, masterfully crafted and built on romantic structures and sensibilities, is at once lyrical, rhythmically complex, and harmonically rich.
Born 9 March 1910 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Barber wrote his first piece at age 7 and attempted his first opera at age 10.
Barber's music was championed by a remarkable range of renowned artists, musicians, and conductors including Vladimir Horowitz, John Browning, Martha Graham, Arturo Toscanini, Dmitri Mitropoulos, Jennie Tourel, and Eleanor Steber.
www.vergie.com /samuelb.html   (210 words)

 Amazon.ca: Music of Samuel Barber [Import]: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Samuel Barber's most popular orchestral works have seldom been as well-performed as they were by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
Toscanini also premiered the first of Barber's "Essays for Orchestra." Interestingly, however, the first recording of this energetic, colorfully orchestrated work was by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in a 12-inch 78-rpm RCA Victor Red Seal recording.
Barber's music is presented here by Slatkin in one of the most outstanding recordings made in the 1980s.
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 Barber, Samuel on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Culture: This particular Barber is a cut above the rest ; Piano Concertos - Takezawa/Isserlis/Browni...
BARBER, SAMUEL [Barber, Samuel] 1910-81, American composer, b.
Bernstein was my idol - he set the scene; American conductor Marin Alsop, currently making a splash with her recordings of Samuel Barber, makes her CBSO debut tonight.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/b/barber-s1.asp   (188 words)

 Joyce - Music: Samuel Barber
A great twentieth century Romantic, Samuel Barber was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania to musical parents, and would slowly evolve his own unique musical voice as he travelled the world and surrounded himself with poets, musicians, and art enthusiasts.
A compositional perfectionist and a consummate tunesmith, Barber had the unique talent of aborbing every style the twentieth century had to offer, seamlessly integrating them into his work and always retaining control of his lyrical vision.
Today Barber is best known for his Adagio for Strings, one of the most achingly bittersweet pieces of music composed durng this century.
www.themodernword.com /joyce/music/barber.html   (411 words)

 Timewarp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Samuel Barber's success as one of America's greatest composers came early, and has been lasting.
Barber first entered the Curtis Institute at the age of 14 shortly after its formation.
Barber's international stature was confirmed, however, in 1938 by Toscanini's patronage.
www.mvdaily.com /articles/2002/04/timewrp1.htm   (275 words)

 Barber, Samuel articles on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Barber, Samuel BARBER, SAMUEL [Barber, Samuel] 1910-81, American composer, b.
West Chester, Pa. Barber studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia.
Pepys, Samuel PEPYS, SAMUEL [Pepys, Samuel], 1633-1703, English public official, and celebrated diarist, b.
www.encyclopedia.com /articles/01110.html   (229 words)

 Samuel Barber - AOL Music
Barber was the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the American Prix de Rome, two Pulitzers, and election to the American...
Samuel Osborne Barber (March 9, 1910?January 23, 1981) was an American composer of classical music,...
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 BARBER ~ NOTES Page ~ aMUSIClassical Directory
Barber born in West Chester, PA 1910 d- 1981.
Samuel Barber was attached to an Army Air Corps Band unit in 1943.
Samuel Barber wrote Medea as a ballet for Martha Graham.
www.angelfire.com /biz/musiclassical/barber.html   (275 words)

 Notes on Knoxville: Summer of 1915, op. 24 (Samuel Barber)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
With due respect to Rosen, however, I think it could be argued that Barber's music enjoys wider popularity than he seems willing to admit; Knoxville: Summer of 1915 is a case in point.
In James Agee's frankly nostalgic prose poem Barber found a perfect match for his own personally expressive style and his sure feel for the setting of a text.
Barber claimed that Agee's recollection of a fading past, when he was "successfully disguised to myself as a child," perfectly captured his own memories of growing up in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
www.loudounsymphony.org /notes/barber-knoxville.html   (234 words)

 IHAS: Composer
Samuel Osborne Barber II was born March 9, 1910, in West Chester, PA, the son of a prominent doctor.
Barber composed a wide range of stage, orchestral, chamber, piano, choral, and vocal works in what he unassumingly insisted was a personal style "born of what I feel..I am not a self-conscious composer." His discipline and use of traditional forms earned him the reputation of a classicist.
Virgil Thomson once wrote that Barber was laying to rest the ghost of Romanticism without violence, though in light of the composer's lush lyricism, deft dramatic sense, and inclination toward Romantic poetic sources (especially in his vocal writing), this comment ultimately proved to be off-mark.
www.pbs.org /wnet/ihas/composer/barber.html   (1053 words)

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