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Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music

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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 ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published October 29th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published August 13th 1992)
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Jacques
Jan 31, 2013 Jacques rated it really liked it
Really a well-written biography of a somewhat neglected American composer. The book is constructed in an accessible way, such that life events are not presented in a strictly chronological manner, but the important music is put into rough categories and Barber's life is relayed as it relates to the music. The only problem is that Heyman tends to shy away from the unsavory parts of Barber's life, or the parts that are more taboo, e.g. his alcoholism and depression, romantic relationship with G. C ...more
Hollowman
Apr 16, 2012 Hollowman rated it it was amazing
Five stars for my fave composer!
Heyman's text is the only Barber biography, and it's a good (but expensive!) one. The book finally appeared on Kindle (timed with composers 100th, March 2010) in a more-affordable (MOBI) format.
There is the also the new "Saddest Music" book, also released in 2010.
Some resources for Barber:
French site:
http://www.samuelbarber.fr/eng/biogra...
LOC.gov
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc...
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Sep 02, 2009 Susannah rated it liked it
I'm reading this for work, but actually it is pretty fascinating.
Kevin
Jun 04, 2008 Kevin rated it liked it
A pretty good book on Samuel Barber. Writer has good blend of humor and info and actually does a good amount of analysis on his pieces.
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