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Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber's music, masterfully crafted and built on romantic structures and sensibilities, is at once lyrical, rhythmically complex, and harmonically rich. Born 9 March 1910 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Barber wrote his first piece at age 7 and attempted his first opera at age 10. At the age of 14 he entered the Curtis Institute, where he studied voice, piano, and composition. Later, he studied conducting with Fritz Reiner.

At Curtis, Barber met Gian Carlo Menotti with whom he would form a lifelong personal and professional relationship. Menotti supplied libretti for Barber's operas Vanessa (for which Barber won the Pulitzer) and A Hand of Bridge. Barber's music was championed by a remarkable range of renowned artists, musicians, and conductors including Vladimir Horowitz, John Browning, Martha Graham, Arturo Toscanini, Dmitri Mitropoulos, Jennie Tourel, and Eleanor Steber. His Antony and Cleopatra was commissioned to open the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in 1966.

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Samuel Barber : Twelve Rounds for Three of Four Equal Voices : 3 Part : 01 Songbook : 884088537517 : 1617740950 : 50490347

Samuel Barber : Twelve Rounds for Three of Four Equal Voices

Composed while a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, Barber's Twelve Rounds are now available for the first time in print. With detailed historical commentary and manuscript facsimile.

Songlist: Farewell, Sunset, Dirge, A Lament, To Electra, Not I, Of a Rose Is Al Myn Song (From Twelve Rounds), The Moon (From Twelve Rounds), Sun of the sleepless, The Throstle, Late, late, so late, When day is gone, The Moon (with piano accompaniment) (From Twelve Rounds)

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Voicing: 3 Part | 2985b | Songbook | $6.95 | A Cappella


Samuel Barber : Reincarnations : SATB : 01 Songbook : 884088395810 : 142347581X : 50490067

Samuel Barber : Reincarnations

In 2010 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Barber with a new complete edition of his classic Reincarnations, with historical introduction, and newly edited music engravings based on the composer's manuscript. The title refers to the Irish poet James Stephens' technique of writing new poems in English based on Gaelic sources. Includes: "Mary Hynes," "Anthony O'Daly," and "The Coolin."

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Voicing: SATB | 7273b | Songbook | $4.95 | A Cappella


Samuel Barber : Complete Choral Music : SATB : 01 Songbook : 073999716801 : 1423475828 : 50334620

Samuel Barber : Complete Choral Music

Includes all of the content of the previous edition plus 23 additional choral pieces. Two original pieces never before published, a set of rounds and a Latin motet. Also, the first printing of Barber's transcription of Josquin de Prez's famous "Ave Maria" as well as the revised edition of Reincarnations, and more.

Songlist: Agnus Dei, Easter Chorale, Heaven-Haven, Let Down The Bars,O Death, The Monk & His Cat, On The Death Of Antony , On The Death Of Cleopatra, Reincarnations, A Stopwatch And Ordnance Map, Sure On This Shining Night, To Be Sung On The Water , Twelfth Night , Under The Willow Tree, The Virgin Martyrs, God's Grandeur, Ad Bibinem Cum Me Rogaret Ad Cenam, Lamb of God, Twelve Rounds

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Voicing: SATB | 7275b | Songbook | $17.95


Samuel Barber : 65 Songs : Solo : Songbook : 884088478438 : 1423491270 : 50490045

Samuel Barber : 65 Songs

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Barber, we are proud to release this major new edition, which includes newly edited and engraved editions of the complete contents of Collected Songs and Ten Early Songs (1994), plus many previously unpublished early songs. Manuscripts from the Library of Congress and other sources were consulted for all songs. The edition includes extensive historical information about each song, a lengthy and insightful article about Barber, and facsimiles of selected manuscripts.

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Voicing: Solo | 7276b | Songbook | $24.95


Samuel Barber : Christmas Eve : Soprano/Alto I/Alto  : Songbook : 888680059170 : 1495015238 : 50600161

Samuel Barber : Christmas Eve

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Voicing: Soprano/Alto I/Alto | 40405b | Songbook | $3.95


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Ad Bibinem Cum Me Rogaret Ad Cenam : SATB : Samuel Barber : Samuel Barber : Songbook : 50490472 : 884088569051 : 1458402207

Samuel Barber : Ad Bibinem Cum Me Rogaret Ad Cenam

This brief Latin motet was written in 1943 as a contribution to a Festschriften in honor of the sixtieth birthday of the president of G. Schirmer, Inc. A limited run of three hundred copies was printed and likely never performed. This new edition is the first available to the public.

Composer: Samuel Barber

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50490472


Motetto on Words from the Book of Job : SATB Double Choir : Samuel Barber : Samuel Barber : Sheet Music : 50486083 : 073999744576 : 1423404017

Samuel Barber : Motetto on Words from the Book of Job

Motetto on words from the Book of Job was one of Barber's earliest choral works and until this publication, edited by Harold Rosenbaum, existed only as a manuscript in the Library of Congress. Richly harmonic, this work for double chorus is a window into the composer's imagination and craft.

Composer: Samuel Barber

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Voicing: SATB Double Choir | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50486083


Reincarnations - No. 1: Mary Hynes : SATB : Samuel Barber : Samuel Barber : Sheet Music : 50301440 : 073999014402

Samuel Barber : Reincarnations - No. 1: Mary Hynes

Selected by the National Endowment for the Arts as an one of the American Masterpieces of choral music.

Composer: Samuel Barber

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50301440


Reincarnations - No. 2: Anthony O'Daly : SATB : Samuel Barber : Samuel Barber : Sheet Music : 50301450 : 073999014501

Samuel Barber : Reincarnations - No. 2: Anthony O'Daly

Selected by the National Endowment for the Arts as an one of the American Masterpieces of choral music.

Composer: Samuel Barber

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50301450


Reincarnations - No. 3: The Coolin : SATB : Samuel Barber : Samuel Barber : Sheet Music : 50301460 : 073999014600

Samuel Barber : Reincarnations - No. 3: The Coolin

Selected by the National Endowment for the Arts as an one of the American Masterpieces of choral music.

Composer: Samuel Barber

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50301460


Sure on This Shining Night : SATB : Emily Crocker : Samuel Barber : Sheet Music : 50485024 : 073999978520 : 0634060392

Emily Crocker : Sure on This Shining Night

The classic artsong by Samuel Barber is now available in an easy choral edition. Ideal for developing ensembles in middle and high school. Available for: SATB and SA.

Arranger: Emily Crocker | Composer: Samuel Barber

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50485024


Sure on This Shining Night : 2-Part : Emily Crocker : Samuel Barber : Sheet Music : 50485025 : 073999084375 : 063405810X

Emily Crocker : Sure on This Shining Night

The classic artsong by Samuel Barber is now available in an easy choral edition. Ideal for developing ensembles in middle and high school. Available for: SATB and SA.

Arranger: Emily Crocker | Composer: Samuel Barber

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50485025


Sure on This Shining Night : TBB : Jacob Narverud : Samuel Barber : Sheet Music : 50600810 : 888680663193 : 1495086046

Jacob Narverud : Sure on This Shining Night

The classic artsong by Samuel Barber is now available for men's and women's voices. Appropriate key and ranges for the developing choir.

Arranger: Jacob Narverud | Composer: Samuel Barber

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50600810


Sure on This Shining Night : SSA : Jacob Narverud : Samuel Barber : Sheet Music : 50600811 : 888680663209 : 1495086054

Jacob Narverud : Sure on This Shining Night

This classic artsong by Samuel Barber is now available for treble choirs. Appropriate keys and ranges have been selected for the developing women's choir.

Arranger: Jacob Narverud | Composer: Samuel Barber

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50600811


Sure on this shining night, Op. 13, No. 3 : SATB : Samuel Barber : Samuel Barber : Sheet Music : 50308930 : 073999089301 : 0793554810

Samuel Barber : Sure on this shining night, Op. 13, No. 3

Barber's arrangement of his famous song for SATB chorus and piano is now available in a newly engraved edition with an historical introduction.

Composer: Samuel Barber

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50308930


To Be Sung on the Water Op. 42, No. 2 : SATB : Samuel Barber : Samuel Barber : Sheet Music : 50315310 : 073999116908 : 1495056562

Samuel Barber : To Be Sung on the Water Op. 42, No. 2

Composer: Samuel Barber

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50315310


To Be Sung on the Water, Op. 42, No. 2 : SSAA : Samuel Barber : Samuel Barber : Sheet Music : 50317050 : 073999170504 : 1495060764

Samuel Barber : To Be Sung on the Water, Op. 42, No. 2

Composer: Samuel Barber

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50317050

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