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Publisher: G. Schirmer

Adagio for Strings (1938)
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
String Orchestra
Year Composed
1938
Duration
8 Minutes
Orchestration
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Programme Note
Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings (1938)
Samuel Barber's musical potential was recognized at an early age and cultivated with lessons in piano, voice, and composition. These led to studies at the Curtis Institute, two subsequent years in Italy upon winning the 1935 Prix de Rome, and a steady succession of commissions, appointments, and awards.

While much of Barber's recognition stems from his works for voice, his most famous composition remains the Adagio for Strings, transcribed for string orchestra from the second movement of his String Quartet.

Premiered in 1938 by the NBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Arturo Toscanini, Adagio for Strings soon became Barber's most-performed piece. His characteristic melodic ease is shown in serene simplicity as the work progresses through almost reverent material to its lush, graceful climax.
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Performances
Date
Title
  • 11 SEP 2011
    Town Hall, Cheltenham
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
    Gavin Carr, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13 September - The Lighthouse, Poole
  • 16 AUG 2011
    Proms 2011
    Royal Albert Hall, London
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Litton, conductor
  • 14 MAY 2011
    Festival les Musiques Marseille
    Friche la belle de mai, Marseille
    Orchestre Régional de Cannes Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur
    Philippe Nahon, conductor
  • 17 NOV 2010
    Town Hall, Birmingham, UK
    Orchestra of the Swan
    Sarah Williamson (clarinet); David Curtis, conductor
  • 11 NOV 2006
    Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
    Orchestre National de France
    Kurt Masur, conductor
  • 12 JUL 2006
    Lichfield Festival
    Lichfield Cathedral
    Scottish Ensemble
    Jonathan Morton, conductor

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