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Samuel Barber

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Andromache’s Farewell (1962)
Text Writer
Euripides, from The Trojan Women trans. by J.P. Creagh
G Schirmer Inc
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
12 Minutes
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Programme Note
Samuel Barber Andromache’s Farewell (1962)
Composer’s note:
Scene: an open space before Troy, which has just been captured by the Greeks. All Trojan men have been killed or have fled and the women and children are held captives. Each Trojan woman has been allotted to a Greek warrior and the ships are now ready to take them into exile. Andromache, widow of Hector, Prince of Troy, has been given as a slave-wife to the son of Achilles. She has just been told that she cannot taker her little son with her in the ship. For it has been decreed by the Greeks that a hero’s son must not be allowed to live and that he is to be hurled over the battlements of Troy. She bids him farewell. In the background the city is burning. It is just before dawn.

  • G. Schirmer:
  • Ensemble
    New York Philharmonic
    Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
    Thomas Schippers
    CBS Masterworks Portrait:
  • Ensemble
    New York Philharmonic
    Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
    Thomas Schippers
    Sony Classical Masterworks:
  • Ensemble
    Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
    Roberta Alexander (Soprano)
    Edo de Waart
    Etcetera Records:
  • 20 MAY 2018
    Mill Pond School, Westborough, MA
    Symphony Pro Musica
    Mark Churchill, conductor
  • 06 JUL 2017
    Cadogan Hall, London, UK
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Katerina Mina, soprano
  • 14 APR 2017
    Kassel, Germany
    Orchester des Staatstheaters Kassel
    Kelly Cae Hogan, Soprano; Patrik Ringborg, conductor
  • 15 NOV 2013
    Maida Vale Studios, London
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Mary Plazas; David Parry, conductor
  • 12 AUG 2010
    Tampere Philharmonic
    Hannu Lintu, conductor
  • 19 MAR 2010
    Sendia Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hisara Sato; Pascal Verrot, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20-22 March - Japan
  • 04 APR 1963
    Andromache’s Farewell World Premiere
    New York, NY
    New York Philharmonic
    Martina Arroyo, soprano; Thomas Schippers, conductor

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