SAMUEL BARBER: A MELANCHOLIC COMPOSER

Samuel Osmond Barber II was born on March 9, 1910, in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  He became profoundly interested in music at an early age, and at ages 6 and 7, composed his first work, Sadness, a 23 measure solo piano piece in C minor.

Composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Johannes Brahms were the inspiration for his music.

Adagio for Strings is among his most popular compositions, and widely considered a masterpiece of modern classical music.  It was one of President John F. Kennedy’s favorite pieces of music, and has been played during several funerals of the rich and famous, as well as films, and televisions shows.

Barber died of cancer in 1981, in New York City at the age of 70.  He was interred in Oaklands Cemetery in his hometown.

Barber ~ Adagio for Strings

 

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gneiss Moon
    May 29, 2013 @ 12:11:59

    My Cap ASC loves the melancholic composers you are posting, thank you !

    • THE ANCIENT LIBRARIAN
      May 29, 2013 @ 20:28:16

      I’m glad your CAP Asc loves it!

      My Venus in Cancer (12th) trine Neptune in Scorpio (5th) drifts outside of my body when I hear this type of music.

      Let’s thank the Universe for the great composers!

  2. Dawn Robinson-Walsh
    May 30, 2013 @ 04:48:57

    Reblogged this on Jeez, not you again! and commented:
    It is rather melancholic, as the author says, funereal even, but it remains a haunting piece for strings , with a wonderful visual accompaniment demands acceptance that we are but specks in the universe.

  3. Dawn Robinson-Walsh
    May 30, 2013 @ 04:49:46

    Beautiful. If this was death, it would be less fearful.

  4. dayya
    Jun 09, 2013 @ 15:18:54

    I’ve heard this lovely, melancholy composition over the years and it’s a favorite, but I didn’t know it’s name and I didn’t know its composer. Thank you!

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