About Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was one of the most popular American composers of the mid-20th century, although he was frequently labeled by critics as old-fashioned. His work is notable for its warm lyricism, memorable melody, and elegant craftsmanship. His poignant elegy, Adagio for Strings, is among the most recognizable and beloved compositions of the century. Barber wrote successfully in virtually every genre, including symphonic, chamber, keyboard, vocal music, ballet, and opera. Among his best-known works are the concertos for piano and violin, the Piano Sonata, the vocal pieces Hermit Songs and Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and the opera Vanessa.