Title

The Music of Samuel Barber

Date

5-30-2013 1:00 PM

Location

Smith Hall (SH) 122

Department

Music

Session Chair

Diane Baxter

Session Title

Excellence in Music Scholarship: Graduate Research and Ethnomusicology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Diane Baxter

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Samuel Barber became known for his signature work, Adagio for Strings. However, Barber’s career continued beyond this phenomenal work to include many remarkable compositions. Among these works, his set of Excursions Op. 20 stands out among his piano compositions as the only piece to feature explicitly American musical elements. This presentation explores Barber’s life leading up to this composition, the role that this set of pieces plays in the solo piano repertoire, and the life that this work continues to have within both contemporary music and dance scenes.

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May 30th, 1:00 PM

The Music of Samuel Barber

Smith Hall (SH) 122

Samuel Barber became known for his signature work, Adagio for Strings. However, Barber’s career continued beyond this phenomenal work to include many remarkable compositions. Among these works, his set of Excursions Op. 20 stands out among his piano compositions as the only piece to feature explicitly American musical elements. This presentation explores Barber’s life leading up to this composition, the role that this set of pieces plays in the solo piano repertoire, and the life that this work continues to have within both contemporary music and dance scenes.