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