Born: March 9, 1910 - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: January 23, 1981 - New York City, New York, USA
"Samuel Osborne Barber II was an American composer of orchestral, opera and piano music. His Adagio for Strings is his most popular composition and widely considered a masterpiece of modern classical music. He was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music, for his opera Vanessa and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. His Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a work for soprano and orchestra, was an acclaimed setting of prose by James Agee." (Bach Cantatas Website, 2010)
|"Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) is a choral composition in one movement by Samuel Barber, his own arrangement of his Adagio for Strings (1938). In 1967, he set the Latin words of the liturgical Agnus Dei, the last part of the Mass, for mixed chorus with optional organ or piano accompaniment. The music, in B-flat minor, has a duration of about eight minutes." (Wikipedia, 2013)|
It may be well to note that aside from the religious connotation, the piece, the classic musical arrangement of Samuel Barber is one that classical music lovers can appreciate.
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