Samuel Barber

Biography

Born: 1910   Died: 1981   Country: USA   Period: 20th Century
An open-hearted yet tough romantic, Samuel Barber was one of the few twentieth century American composers to fight for the primacy of lyricism. In his last decades he seemed to be losing the battle, but by the end of the century Barber had posthumously become one of America's most widely performed and recorded composers. In particular, his emotive Violin Concerto and Adagio for Strings have gained a popularity exceeded only by certain works of Read more Aaron Copland.

Barber entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 1924, where he met future opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti; the two would become lifelong lovers. Barber was an able pianist and a baritone of some talent, but he was an even more precocious composer. His 1933 Curtis graduation piece, the spirited School for Scandal Overture, has become a beloved concert opener.

Barber developed into America's most enduring composer of art songs; most popular is his tender setting for soprano and chamber orchestra of James Agee's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Barber had unerring taste in texts, and his literary interests led him to compose some allusive short orchestral pieces. Yet he was particularly adept at writing abstract works, such as Music for a Scene from Shelley. Many of these are in large forms: two symphonies, one string quartet (from which was drawn the Adagio for Strings, first popularized by Arturo Toscanini), an ambitious piano sonata, and one concerto each for violin, cello, and piano. While following traditional formats, they are propelled by a dramatic expressivity that hadn't been fashionable since Sibelius. Equally direct in their emotional content are his three Essays for Orchestra, the second being the best crafted and most acclaimed.

Barber would have seemed an ideal composer for the stage, but he had limited success in that realm. Medea, a 1947 dance score for Martha Graham, has found greater longevity in orchestral excerpts. His 1958 Vanessa garnered him the first of two Pulitzer Prizes (the second was for his Piano Concerto), but, like most other American operas, it quickly dropped out of sight. Barber wrote Anthony and Cleopatra to open the new Metropolitan Opera House in 1966, but critical reaction was so hostile that he produced very little during his remaining 15 years. Barber was too conservative to be fashionable; his harmony could be astringent, but his tonality remained secure, his rhythms were strong and clear, and he was not above writing a good melody. Read less
American Classics - Barber: Knoxville - Summer Of 1915, Essays For Orchestra
Release Date: 05/18/2004   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559134   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - Barber: Choral Music
Release Date: 08/29/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559053   Number of Discs: 1
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Barber: Complete Orchestral Works / Alsop, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Release Date: 09/28/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8506021   Number of Discs: 6
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Barber, Bartok: Piano Concertos / Keith Jarrett
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Ecm  
Catalog: 002298702   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - Barber: Solo Piano Music / Pollack
Release Date: 12/15/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559015   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Songs (4), Op. 13: no 3, Sure on this Shining Night

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    Some Other Time / Zuill Bailey, Lara Downes
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30025 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Samuel Barber,  Lukas Foss,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Zuill Bailey,  Lara Downes
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    The Lyric Clarinet
    Label: Ravello   Catalog: 7886 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlos Guastavino,  John Woods Duke,  Claude Debussy,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  F. Gerard Errante,  Philip Fortenberry,  Voltaire Verzosa,  D. Gause
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    Stopping By / Kyle Bielfield
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3445 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  Samuel Barber,  Ned Rorem,  John Woods Duke  ... 
    Performer:  Kyle Bielfield,  Lachlan Glen,  Michael Samis
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    Samuel Barber - An American Romantic / Johnson, Conspirare
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807522 Release Date: 09/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Conductor:  Craig Hella Johnson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Conspirare
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    Despite & Still / Melissa Fogarty
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637848434 Release Date: 10/20/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Melissa Fogarty,  Marc Peloquin
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    Secrets Of The Old - Complete Songs Of Samuel Barber
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435867 Release Date: 06/10/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  John Browning,  Cheryl Studer,  Thomas Hampson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
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    Songbook / Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum Trebles
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34097 Release Date: 01/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  Henry Purcell,  Gabriel Jackson,  Howard Skempton  ... 
    Performer:  Carleton Etherington,  Benjamin Nicholas
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    Barbara Hendricks Sings Bach, Barber & Copland
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 29355 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Aaron Copland,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Maurice Murphy,  Håkan Hardenberger,  Eckart Haupt  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael T. Thomas,  Peter Schreier
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    Summertime
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gabriel Fauré,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott
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    Fast Cats And Mysterious Cows - Songs From America
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 86363 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Samuel Barber,  James D'Angelo,  Ned Rorem  ... 
    Performer:  Matthew Schwinghammer,  Susan Manoff,  Patricia Petibon,  Rebecca Prosser  ... 
    Conductor:  James Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Boychoir
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    American Classics - Barber: String Quartet, Serenade, Songs / Allen, Endellion Quartet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95232 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Roger Vignoles,  Eric Cutler,  Bradley Moore
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
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    On The Wings Of Song / Elly Ameling, Rudolf Jansen
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422333 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Kosaku Yamada,  Maurice Ravel,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Jansen,  Elly Ameling,  Michel Dispa
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  • 13.
    Songs Of Innocence - Britten, Barber, Ives, Handel, Warlock, Etc / Swait, Bowman, Plant
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 128 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Peter Warlock,  William Boyce,  Michael Flanders  ... 
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Andrew Swait,  Andrew Plant,  Andrew Plant
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    Samuel Barber: Songs / Gerald Finley, Julius Drake
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67528 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Julius Drake,  Gerald Finley,  Jennifer Stumm,  Nadia Wijzenbeek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aronowitz Ensemble
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    Roberta Alexander Sings Barber - Vanessa, Andromache
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1145 Release Date: 10/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Roberta Alexander
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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    American Classics - Barber: Choral Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559053 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Conductor:  Douglas Lawrence
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ormond College Choir
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    The Diva Live
    Label: Transart Live   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  Traditional,  Richard Rodgers,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Fontaine,  Wilhelmina Fernandez
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    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2679 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Antonín Dvorák,  Georges Bizet,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Rick Bogard,  John Solomons
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    Barber: The Songs / Studer, Hampson, Browning, Emerson Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000338002 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Cheryl Studer,  John Browning,  Thomas Hampson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
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    Flying Solo / Jens Lindemann
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81295 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando J. Obradors,  Thomas "Fats" Waller,  Robert Parissi,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jens Lindemann,  Jennifer Snow,  Bradford Ellis
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    Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Romancero Gitano / Rutenberg, et al
    Label: Rcm   Catalog: 19802 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Chorbajian,  Morten Lauridsen,  Samuel Barber,  Halsey Stevens  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Sanborn,  Gregory Newton
    Conductor:  Peter Rutenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Singers
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    I Will Breathe A Mountain / Horne, Katz, Tokyo Quartet
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68771 Release Date: 03/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  William Bolcom,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Martin Katz,  Marilyn Horne,  Sadao Harada,  Kazuhide Isomura  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Inscription Of Hope / Rottsolk, Northwest Girlchoir
    Label: Arsis   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Natalie Sleeth,  Moshe Nathanson,  Samuel Barber,  Pablo Casals
    Conductor:  Rebecca J. Rottsolk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest Girlchoir
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    Sure On This Shining Night / Robert White, Samuel Sanders
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66920 Release Date: 04/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  John Musto,  Horatio Parker,  Victor Herbert  ... 
    Performer:  Robert White,  Samuel Sanders
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    Songs With A Touch Of Bass / Stoffel, Masciadri, Frazier
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20030 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Michael Head,  Liza Lehmann,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Milton Masciadri,  David Stoffel,  Ivan Frazier
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Samuel Barber


WORKS
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto in moto
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 1. At Saint Patrick's Purgatory
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 2. Church Bell at Night
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 3. St. Ita's Vision
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 4. The Heavenly Banquet
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 5. The Crucifixion
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 6. Sea-Snatch
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 7. Promiscuity
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 8. The Monk and His Cat
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 9. The Praises of God
Barber: Hermit Songs Op.29 - 10. The Desire for Hermitage
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegro molto
III. Andante tranquillo