Piano Music - Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber


1910 - 1981
Samuel Barber was an American composer, pianist, conductor, baritone, and music educator.



📖 "I suppose if I'm writing music for words, then I immerse myself in those words, and I let the music flow out of them. When iIwrite an abstract piano sonata or a concerto, I write what I feel. I'm not a self-conscious composer."
Barber quoted in john Gruen's And Where Has Samuel Barber Been…", in New York Times 3 October 1971


📖 "NOTICE to Mother and nobody else:
Dear Mother: I have written this to tell you my worrying secret. Now don't cry when you read it because it is neither yours not my fault. I suppose I will have to tell it now without any nonsense. To begin with I was not meant to be an athlet. I was meant to be a composer, and will be I'm sure. I'll ask you one more thing. - Don't ask me to try to forget this unpleasant thing and go play football. - Please - Sometimes I've been worrying about this so much that it makes me mad (not very). Love, Sam Barber II"


📖 "I was supposed to be a doctor. I was supposed to go to Princeton. And everything I was supposed to do I didn't."


📖 "There's no reason music should be difficult for an audience to understand."


📖 "I guess, for better or for worse, I am an American composer, and I've had a wonderful life being exactly that."


📖 "As for my own music, I've never written a book about it. I'm not pedagogical... When I write an abstract piano sonata or a concerto, I write what I feel. I'm not a self-conscious composer."


📖 "I can only say that I myself wrote always as I wished, without a tremendous desire to find the latest thing possible."


📖 "I was 7 years old when I began composing. I began composing, improvising at the piano, the usual story."


📖 "I've had little success in intellectual circles. I'm not talked about in the 'New York Review of Books,' and I was never part of the Stravinsky 'inner circle.'"


📖 "As to what happens when I compose, I really haven't the faintest idea."

Quotes by Samuel Barber






Explore Recordings of Barber's Music


Barber - Adagio for Strings, Op.11
Vienna Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
(Summer Night Concert 2019)



Samuel Barber-Violin Concerto Op. 14
Isaac Stern, violin
Leonard Bernstein: conductor
New York Philharmonic



John Browning, piano








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