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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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Now I only hear its melancholy

Samuel Barber

Barbara B. Heyman

Oxford University Press

At the Curtis Institute of Music, Samuel Barber pursued further studies in foreign literature and language, mostly with a European background. This accounts for his pursuit of the perfection of his craft. He indulged in his chosen culture inspirations to add more character and authenticity to his work. Barber's music continued to evolve, mixing in English, German, and French overtones. He however, grew very restless as a student. He continued to travel in Europe together with his close friend from the Curtis Institute, Gian Menotti. At the same time, his orchestra pieces started to come out regularly in New York, and the piece Dover Beach was met with good critical reviews. He also moved into singing as a temporary stint partly as a means to earn some extra income, his first recording being Dover Beach.

Keywords:   foreign literature, Dover Beach, Gian Menotti, singing, travel, Europe

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