Wednesday, April 28, 2010

100 Years of Barber Birthdays

There is a spate of Samuel Barber musical performances in town, to celebrate the 100 years since his birth March 9, 1910. It is difficult to imagine life without "Adagio for Strings", one of most beautiful pieces of music ever written. Barber began composing at the age of 7 and continued until he died, at the age of 70.

This was one of many recitals by two superlative musicians who happily give frequent performances in St. Louis: Peter Henderson and Bjorn Ranheim.

The Barber pieces were rich, tonal, and enormously complex tapestries of music. Bravo to Peter and Bjorn for their great generosity in sharing their time and talent with us! Happy Birthday Samuel! You live on through your music.

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