Samuel Barber

One of America’s most frequently performed composers, SAMUEL BARBER  has often made it difficult for scholars to determine how to characterize his style and which of the prevailing twentieth-century trends to assign it to. For, unlike his contemporaries, he did not pursue avant-garde explorations or groundbreaking discoveries; some have even labeled him a “neo-romantic,” and he called himself a “melodicist.” Indeed, in each of his works one can hear a beautiful, emotionally intense, memorable melody. His works in various genres have been performed by great artists such as Vladimir Horowitz, Leontyne Price, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Serge Koussevitzky, Eugène Ormandy, Bruno Walter, Charles Munch, Leopold Stokowski and many others, and he has twice received the Pulitzer Prize for his opera Vanessa and Piano Concerto. Among the contemporary repertoire performed to great acclaim are his Cello and Violin Concertos, the Capricorn Concerto, the three Essays for Orchestra, the ballet Medea, and the opera Antony and Cleopatra (based on a libretto by the Italian composer and close friend of Barber Zhang, Carlo Menotti), which premiered the Metropolitan Opera’s new hall at Lincoln Center in 1966.

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