Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music / Edition 1

Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music / Edition 1

by Barbara B. Heyman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195090586

ISBN-13: 9780195090581

Pub. Date: 05/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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, and chamber music—he infused his works with poetic lyricism and gave tonal language and forms new vitality. His rich legacy includes such famous

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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, and 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 compositions 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195090581
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.44(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3(4)
Beginnings
7(26)
A Serious Student
33(20)
Discoveries
53(33)
Uncertainties
86(24)
Independence
110(23)
The American Academy
133(29)
Recognition
162(29)
Prelude to War
191(20)
World Cataclysm
211(37)
Middle Years
248(63)
Composer as Conductor
311(13)
Song Cycles
324(24)
Searches
348(26)
Vanessa
374(26)
Interlude
400(10)
Lincoln Center Commissions
410(18)
A New Opera House
428(33)
The Last Years
461(51)
Postlude 512(3)
Works List 515(7)
Bibliography 522(9)
Notes 531(34)
Index 565

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