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Publisher: G. Schirmer

Souvenirs (Ballet Suite) (1952)
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Samuel Barber Souvenirs (Ballet Suite) (1952)
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In 1952 I was writing some duets for one piano to play with a friend, and Lincoln Kirstein suggested I orchestrate them for a ballet. Commissioned by the Ballet Society, the suite consists of a waltz, schottische, pas de deux, two step, hesitation tango, and gallop. One might imagine a divertissement in a setting of the Palm Court of the Hotel Plaza in New York, the year about 1914, epoch of the first tangos; Souvenirs, remembered with affection, not in irony or with tongue in cheek, but in amused tenderness.

— Samuel Barber

Souvenirs is a thoroughly engaging potpourri of Mack Sennett bathing girls, thin-mustached Lotharios and bloodthirsty vampire....A series of brief sketches includes a spoof on the Irene Castle dance style, a hotel hallway farce, three wall-flowers at a dance, a bedroom seduction, and an afternoon on the beach.
Francis Herridge, New York Post,15/11/1955
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