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Samuel Barber

9 mar 1910 (West Chester) - 23 jan 1981 (New York)


Books about Samuel Barber and his music

bookBarbara B. Heyman Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music
Oxford University Press, 1994; ISBN 0195090586; 608 pages
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was one of the most important and honored American composers of the twentieth 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 Lincoln Center. Generously documented by letters, sketchbooks, original musical manuscripts, and interviews with friends, colleagues and performers with whom he worked, this is the first book to cover Barber's entire career and all of his compositions. The biographical material on Barber is closely interspersed with a discussion of his music, displaying Barber's creative processes at work from his early student compostions to his mature masterpieces. Heyman also provides the social context in which this major composer grew: his education, how he built his career, the evolving musical tastes of American audiences, his relationship to musical giants like Serge Koussevitzky, and the role of radio in the promotion of his music. A testament to the significance of the new Romanticism, Samuel Barber stands as a model biography of an important American musical figure. Price indication: $ 35.00
bookDaniel Felsenfeld Samuel Barber and Benjamin Britten - A Listener's Guide : Their Lives and Their Music
Amadeus Press, 2005; ISBN 1574671081; 180 pages
The second title in the Amadeus Press Parallel Lives series, this volume examines the lives and work of two giants of 20th century music. Both composers influenced countless others, and their works are performed often in today's concert and opera houses. Price indication: $ 15.61
bookNathan Broder Samuel Barber
Greenwood Press Reprint, 1985; ISBN 0313249849; 130 pages Price indication: $ 69.95
bookWayne C. Wentzel Samuel Barber : A Guide to Research (Composer Resource Manuals)
Routledge, 2001; ISBN 0815334966; 350 pages
This work offers an annotated reference guide to the life and works of this important American composer. Wentzel opens the book by discussing Barber's life (1910-1981) and achievements. He then offers a chronology placing Barber's works in the context of his time. The book proceeds with an annotated bibliography focussing on biographical and critical works on Barber, and also includes select discographical information. This is an important resource for the study of the 20th century music of America. Price indication: $ 104.95
bookPeter Dickinson Samuel Barber Remembered: A Centenary Tribute (Eastman Studies in Music)
University of Rochester Press, 2010-04-01; ISBN 1580463509; 214 pages
Samuel Barber is one of America's most popular classical composers. His widely beloved works include Adagio for Strings and Knoxville: Summer of 1915. The main source for Samuel Barber Remembered: A Centenary Tribute is a panoply of vivid and eminently readable interviews by Peter Dickinson for a BBC Radio 3 documentary in 1981. The interviewees include Barber's friends, fellow composers, and performers, notably Gian Carlo Menotti, Aaron Copland, William Schuman, Virgil Thomson, soprano Leontyne Price, and pianist John Browning. The book also includes three of the very few interviews extant with Barber himself. Dickinson contributes substantial chapters on Barber's early life and on Barber's reception in England. The book has a foreword by the distinguished composer and admirer of Barber, John Corigliano. Peter Dickinson, British composer and pianist, has written or edited numerous books about twentieth-century music, including CageTalk: Dialogues with and about John Cage (University of Rochester Press) and three books published by Boydell Press: The Music of Lennox Berkeley; Copland Connotations; and Lord Berners: Composer, Writer, Painter. Price indication: $ 32.97
bookMarcia Dangerfield The Narrated Life History of the Americans: John Philip Sousa, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber: Part V: 20th Century (Classical Genius Composer)
Novus LLC, 2007-11; ISBN 1934488186 Price indication: $ 100.00
bookDon A. Hennessee Samuel Barber: A Bio-Bibliography (Bio-Bibliographies in Music)
Greenwood Press, 1985; ISBN 0313240264; 404 pages
Hennessee provides a biographical overview of the life of Samuel Barber, one of America's foremost composers, as well as comprehensive bibliographical information about his complete oeuvre. The volume consists of four main sections: a brief biography, a complete list of works and performances, a discography, and an annotated bibliography. A complete index of personal and corporate names and titles concludes the volume. Price indication: $ 109.95

Sheet music, libretti, etc.

10 Early Songs (Guitar Recorded Versions) - G. Schirmer, Inc.

Adagio for Strings - Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

Adagio for Violin and Piano - Schirmer Books

Adagio: For Strings Flute Quartet - Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

Anthony and Cleopatra (G. Schirmer's Collection of Opera Librettos) - G. Schirmer, Inc.

Barber - Sonata for Violoncello and Piano Opus 6 - G. Schirmer, Inc.

Canzonetta for Oboe and String Orchestra - G. Schirmer

Capricorn Concerto - G. Schirmer, Inc.

Cello Concerto, Op. 22 - G. Schirmer

Collected Songs - G. Schirmer, Inc.

Complete Piano Music (The American Composers Series) - G. Schirmer, Inc.

Concerto (2-Piano Score) - G. Schirmer

Concerto, Op. 14 - G. Schirmer

Dover Beach - G. Schirmer, Inc.

Essay for Orchestra Score (G. Schirmer's Edition of Scores of Orchestral Works and Cham) - G. Schirmer

Excursions: Op. 20 - G. Schirmer

First Essay : arranged for Concert Band - G. Schirmer, Inc.

Hermit Songs - G. Schirmer, Inc.

Knoxville: Summer of 1915 - G. Schirmer

Medea: Chamber Orchestra Score (G. Schirmer's Edition of Scores of Orchestral Works and Cham) - G. Schirmer

Medeas Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a : Transcribed for Concert Band - G. Schirmer, Inc.

Piano Concerto, Op. 38 - G. Schirmer

Prayers of Kierkegaard;: For mixed chorus, soprano solo, and orchestra, with incidental solos for tenor alto (Research notes) - Thomas Nelson

Samuel Barber - First Essay - Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

Sonata: Op. 16 - G. Schirmer

Souvenirs Ballet Suite, Op. 28 (Original) - G. Schirmer

String Quartet, Op. 11 - G. Schirmer

Third Essay: For Orchestra Full Score (G. Schirmer's Edition of Scores of Orchestral Works and Cham) - Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

Two Scenes from Antony and Cleopatra (Study Score) - G. Schirmer, Inc.

Vanessa - G. Schirmer, Inc.



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