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The Adagio of Samuel Barber

by Wayne C. Wentzel ; edited by Michael J. Budds
Format
Book; Sound Recording; CD
Description
xxix, 644 pages : illustrations, music ; 26 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
Publication
Missoula, Montana : The College Music Society, 2013.
Tracks
  • Introduction : Adagio for strings : (almost) everyone's favorite
  • From string quartet to orchestral adagio
  • Adagio for strings
  • Adagio for ... just about everything : transcriptions, arrangements, and other transmogrifications
  • Adagio and the performing arts
  • Adagio in visual arts and literature
  • Adagio : infiltrating popular music and jazz
  • Adagio in motion pictures and television
  • Adagio on YouTube
  • Adagio : in memoriam
  • The legacy of Adagio for strings
  • Adagio in perspective : final observations and speculations.
  • CD contents. String quartet, op. 11, movement II : Molto adagio (Tokyo String Quartet)
  • Adagio for strings, op. 11 (NBC Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Toscanini, conductor)
  • Adagio for strings, op. 11 (Smithsonian Chamber Players; Kenneth Slowik, conductor)
  • Agnus Dei / transcribed by Samuel Barber (Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge; Richard Marlow, conductor)
  • Adagio / transcribed by William Strickland (David Pizarro, organ)
  • Adagio / transcribed by Hiro Fujikake (James Galway, flute; Hiro Fujikake, synthesizers)
  • Adagio / arranged by Kalmen Opperman (Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Kalmen Opperman Clarinet Choir; Kalmen Opperman, conductor)
  • Adagio / arranged by Stephen McNeff (Canadian Brass)
  • Adagio / arranged by Stan Funicelli (California Guitar Trio)
  • Adagio / arranged [for drum and bugle corps] by Dean Westman and Jim Casella (Santa Clara Vanguard)
  • Adagio / [sampling and remix] arranged and performed by Antonio MilláN
  • Adagio (performed by Larry McDonough and Off Beat)
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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    a| It is probably safe to contend that the reception history of Adagio for Strings (1934) by American composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981) is unmatched. It has, of course, achieved canonical status in the three versions prepared by its composer--for string quartet, string orchestra, and mixed chorus. In addition, its broad appeal to classical music lovers as well as to members of the general public has resulted in an array of transcriptions and arrangements. But what becomes ultimately compelling is the spectrum of social contexts where this music is heard and been enthusiastically embraced: in the discotheque and on the modern dance stage, at the movie theater and on television, during memorial services and demonstrations of patriotism, at rock concerts and the circus, in therapy sessions and scientific research, at figure-skating competitions and other sporting events, at weddings and funerals, and on the Internet. In 2011 over 29,000 hits for Adagio for Strings could be found on YouTube alone. There are fascinating connections to poetry and fiction, paintings and sculpture, ring tones and crossword puzzles. Wayne Wentzel's study of this beloved work represents the most exhaustive consideration to date. He not only provides a well documented account of its birth and infancy but its adolescence--when it moved beyond the expected concert setting--and its maturity--when it became a pervasive feature of Western culture in both its cultivated and popular realms. Musical analysis and references to a host of testimonials and assessments are bolstered by discographical and bibliographical reports. Professor Wentzel concludes the volume with thoughtful speculation on the meaning of Barber's masterpiece and wrestles with inevitable and yet controversial questions: Is it American? Is it sad? Is it gay? And, after more that seventy-five years, is it trite? [Publisher description]
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