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WELCOME to the only website dedicated to the American composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

LATEST NEWS :

All the Barber concerts in the world in April and the exclusive trailer of H. Paul Moon's SAMUEL BARBER, ABSOLUTE BEAUTY, the first documentary ever about the composer of the Adagio for Strings

On Samuel Barber : Books & Reviews (1943-2012)

BREVIGNON Pierre

Samuel Barber: un nostalgique entre deux mondes

Paris, Éditions Hermann, 2012
BRODER Nathan

Samuel Barber

G. Schirmer, 1954
DICKINSON Peter

Samuel Barber Remembered

Rochester University Press, 2010
FELSENFELD Daniel

Benjamin Britten and Samuel Barber: Parallel Lives

Amadeus press, 2005
HEINSEIMER HANS W.

Birth of an Opera

New York, Saturday Review, September 17, 1966
HENNESSEE Don

Samuel Barber: A Bio-Bibliography

Greenwood, 1985
HEYMAN Barbara B.

Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music

Oxford University Press, 1992
HEYMAN Barbara B.

Samuel Barber: A Thematic Catalogue of the Complete Works

Oxford University Press, 2012
HORAN Robert

American Composers : Samuel Barber

New York, Modern Music Quarterly, March-April 1943
LARSON Thomas

The Saddest Music Ever Written

Pegasus Books, 2010
SALZMAN Eric

Barber: Clarity and Passion

New York, HiFi/Stereo Review, October 1966
SIMMONS Walter

Voices in the Wilderness
Six American Neo-Romantic Composers

Scarecrow Press, 2006
WENTZEL Wayne

Samuel Barber: A Guide to Research

Routledge, 2010 (2d edition)
WITTKE Paul

Samuel Barber: An Improvisatory Portrait

G. Schirmer, 1994




MUSIC

LATEST ADDITION :

Adagio for Strings

In memoriam Charlie Hebdo : 150 musicians gathered in Trafalgar Square.
[Conductor : Thomas Gould. Director : Alexander Barnes,
(c) 2015 Appleandbiscuit.com]

DOCUMENTS

LATEST ADDITION :

Exceptional recording!

Barber is still the little Mozart of West Chester when he composes this "pocket-cantata" intitled Christmas Eve "A Trio With Solos, op.XIII". First recorded performance, with a short introduction by the organist Iain Quinn, who discovered the score.
[read article]

DISCOGRAPHY

Since their first performances, works of contemporaries of Barber such as Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein have never ceased to be recorded. Similarly, the music of Samuel Barber has regularly been recorded since the 30’s, and championed by what can now be identified as three generations of musicians :

The Founders often premiered the works and represent, nowadays, the original spirit of Barber’s music. Their interpretations are priceless historical testimonies;

The Heirs were at the outset of their career when Barber reached his last few years. Some of them even had the occasion to discuss Barber’s music with the composer himself;

Today, the Young Generation is the third generation of interpreters, with their own stimulating and inventive approach to Barber’s music. Thanks to their enthusiasm, Barber’s works are still regularly recorded in studios and performed in concert halls all over the world.

The three lists below will be updated as new recordings are released.

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