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Samuel Barber

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Andromache’s Farewell (1962)
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1962
Duration
12 Minutes
Soloist
Soprano


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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
    Soloist(s)
    Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
    Conductor
    Thomas Schippers
    CBS Masterworks Portrait:
  • Ensemble
    New York Philharmonic
    Soloist(s)
    Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
    Conductor
    Thomas Schippers
    Sony Classical Masterworks:
  • Ensemble
    Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Roberta Alexander (Soprano)
    Conductor
    Edo de Waart
    Etcetera Records:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 15 NOV 2013
    Maida Vale Studios, London
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Mary Plazas; David Parry, conductor
  • 12 AUG 2010
    Denmark
    Tampere Philharmonic
    Hannu Lintu, conductor
  • 19 MAR 2010
    Japan
    Sendia Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hisara Sato; Pascal Verrot, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20-22 March - Japan

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