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Samuel BarberThe Composer and His Music$
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Barbara B. Heyman

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195090581

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090581.001.0001

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WORLD CATACLYSM

WORLD CATACLYSM

1942–1945 HOW to put this in music

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(p.211) 9 WORLD CATACLYSM
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Samuel Barber
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Barbara B. Heyman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090581.003.0010

The world was on the verge of the Second World War, when Samuel Barber was called to serve in the United States army. He along with other musicians shared the same sentiments in serving in the military: they were patriotic, but they wished to continue writing music. Because of Barber's poor eyesight, he was assigned special services, which included those in musical activities. Throughout the world, however, there was an increasing demand for his work. Even in the army, his compositions, particularly Commando March became part of the band repertoire. With this he was granted, “the best working conditions” during the war, to which he was immensely grateful. He was again reunited with his close friend Menotti. He continued to write, this time influenced by his experiences during World War II. He was eventually transferred to the New York Office of War Information so he could concentrate on his work.

Keywords:   World War II, army, band, New York, New York Office of War, repertoire, Commando March

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