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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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The clear status of a master

(p.248) 10 MIDDLE YEARS
Samuel Barber

Barbara B. Heyman

Oxford University Press

After the war Samuel Barber was discharged from the United States army. His compositions were continuously loved by its patrons as well as critics, and he was awarded once more, this time the Fifth Annual Award of the Music Critics Circle of New York. He continued to trailblaze his way into music history, with his Cello Concerto dubbed as one of the most challenging contemporary cello compositions. This chapter describes his most “American work”: Knoxville: Summer of 1915. He was reputed to be one of the most promising American composers of his time. Barber even took an interest in ballet, for which he produced the piece Medea. This was however, dampened by the news of his father's deteriorating health and the stress it placed in Barber's mother.

Keywords:   award, cello, Cello Concerto, ballet, Medea

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