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Encyclopedia > Violin Concerto (Barber)

Samuel Barber's violin concerto, Op. 14, is a work in three movements complete in 1939. It was premiered by Albert Spalding in Philadelphia, February 7, 1941. Samuel Barber, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1944 Samuel Osborne Barber (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was an American composer of classical music best known for his Adagio for Strings. He was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania and began to compose at the age of seven. ... A violin concerto is a concerto for solo violin and orchestra. ...

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Presto in moto perpetuo

The concerto is scored for two flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, and trumpets; timpani; snare; piano; and strings.

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  • Composer's Gamble

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Samuel Barber and William Walton - Violin Concertos - A Good-Music-Guide Review (646 words)
Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto Opus 14 is a work that bursts with youth.
He had already achieved recognition with some small-scale orchestral works, but a violin concerto, that most romantic of forms, was to be his big success.
And like Barber's Concerto, the Violin Concerto in B minor by Walton has a beautiful floating quality, but not without complex rhythms and great demands on the soloist.
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