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Samuel Barber

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Souvenirs (orchestra) (1952)
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Samuel Barber Souvenirs (orchestra) (1952)
Composer note:

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

  • 10 JUL 2013
    Siegen, Germany
    Collegium Musicum Siegen
    Bruce Whitson, conductor
  • 10 FEB 2012
    Heidelberg, Germany
    Musikfreunde Heidelberg
  • 14 OCT 2011
    Waterfront Hall, BELFAST
    Ulster Orchestra
  • 15 APR 2011
    Greenville, SC
    Greenville Symphony
    Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

    Other Dates:
    16,17 April - Greenville, SC
  • 13 FEB 2011
    Nurnberger Symphoniker
    Kevin John Edusei, conductor
  • 19 AUG 2010
    Culver City, CA
    Marina Del Rey/Westchester Symphony
    Frank Fetta, conductor
  • 13 JUL 2010
    Technique University
  • 28 MAR 2009
    Riverdale, MD
    Prince George Philharmonic
    Charles Ellis, conductor
  • 10 JAN 2009
    Richmond, VA
    Richmond Symphony
    Marc Taddei, conductor
  • 17 OCT 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    Kansas City Symphony
    Michael Stern, conductor

    Other Dates:
    18,19 October - Kansas City, MO
  • 19 JUN 2008
    Spires Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Ulster Orchestra
    David Angus, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20 June - Spires Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 23 FEB 2007
    Salonica Concert Hall, Salonica, Greece
    SO PE Hellas
  • 18 NOV 2006
    Salle des Concerts, Paris, France
    Orchestre National d'lle de France
    Yoel Levi, conductor

    Other Dates:
    19 November - Massy, France
    25 November - Chaville, France
  • 09 SEP 2006
    Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • 06 NOV 2005
    Wilmington, DE
    Wilmington Community Orchestra
    Ovidiu Marinesu, conductor

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,11/15/1955
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