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Samuel Barber

Samuel Osmond Barber II (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century; music critic Donal Henahan stated, "Probably no other American composer has ever enjoyed such early, such persistent and such long-lasting acclaim."

His Adagio for Strings (1936) has earned a permanent place in the concert repertory of orchestras. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music twice: for his opera Vanessa (1956–57) and for the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1962). Also widely performed is his Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (1947), a setting for soprano and orchestra of a prose text by James Agee. At the time of Barber's death, nearly all of his compositions had been recorded.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 9th, 1910 (West Chester), Died January 23rd, 1981 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, baritone vocal

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CS-76237 12-in. 6/1/1933 Dover Beach Rose Bampton Contralto vocal solo, with string quartet composer  
Victor CS-76238 12-in. 6/1/1933 Dover Beach Rose Bampton Contralto vocal solo, with string quartet composer  
Victor LCS-76239 12-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 6/1/1933 Dover Beach Rose Bampton Contralto vocal solo, with string quartet composer  
Victor CS-88967 12-in. 5/13/1935 Dover Beach Samuel Barber ; Curtis String Quartet Baritone vocal solo, with string quartet vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor CS-88968 12-in. 5/13/1935 Dover beach Samuel Barber ; Curtis String Quartet Baritone vocal solo, with string quartet vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barber, Samuel," accessed November 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103035.

Barber, Samuel. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103035.

"Barber, Samuel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103035

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