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Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music

Barbara B. Heyman


Samuel Barber (1910–81) was one of the most important and honoured American composers of the 20th century. Writing in a great variety of musical forms—symphonies, concertos, operas, vocal music, chamber music—he infused his works with poetic lyricism and gave tonal language and forms new vitality. His rich legacy includes such famous compositions as the Adagio for Strings, the orchestral song Knoxville: Summer of 1915, three concertos, and his two operas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Vanessa and Antony and Cleopatra, a commissioned work that opened the new Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln ... More

Keywords: Samuel Barber, Vanessa, Antony and Cleopatra, career, compositions, music, musical tastes, radio, new Romanticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780195090581
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090581.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara B. Heyman, author