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Barber Vocabulary
« on: April 20, 2017, 06:21:05 PM »
I've become obsessed with the music of Samuel Barber (thanks Michel), especially his piano sonata and concerto, although the the violin concerto is also wonderful, and Summer Music is a favourite, etc., etc., :)

Does anyone know where I might find some information about his harmonic vocabulary?

Thanks,

Jamie
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Re: Barber Vocabulary
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 08:10:43 PM »
You may perhaps take a look at these on the Violin Concerto, Adagio and the Summer Music  while you search for more substantial and reliable resources.

https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3052/m2/1/high_res_d/dissertation.pdf
http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1060&context=ugtheses
http://trace.tennessee.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1069&context=gamut

Could this be a place to start searching

Samuel Barber: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge Music Bibliographies) 2nd Edition
by Wayne Wentzel
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Re: Barber Vocabulary
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 08:50:24 PM »
Wow, these are excellent sources! Thanks Reha.
The perceived object...is not a sum of elements to be distinguished from each other and analyzed discretely, but a pattern, that is to say a form, a structure: the element's existence does not precede the existence of the whole, it comes neither before nor after it, for the parts do not determine the pattern, but the pattern determines the parts: knowledge of the pattern and of its laws, of the set and its structure, could not possibly be derived from discrete knowledge of the elements that compose it.

That means that you can look at a piece of a puzzle for three whole days, you can believe that you know all there is to know about its colouring and its shape, and be no further ahead than when you started. The only thing that counts is the ability to link this piece to other pieces...

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Re: Barber Vocabulary
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2017, 05:10:16 AM »
there are so many great works of Barber's that I think the real challenge is finding one that is NOT meritorious!

One interesting thing about Barber is that he's one of very few composers of his generation who never went to France to study. His first teacher was also well-versed in German romanticism (which ends up showing in Barber's work).

Thank-you Reha for those articles. It was very kind of you to do the research to find them.
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Re: Barber Vocabulary
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2017, 06:50:15 PM »
 :)

I believe there are many other more substantial studies made on his works. Looking (patchwise) thru Wentzel's book, there seems to be several theses, journal papers, etc on practically all his works; several on "Knoxville" alone, for instance... not counting monographic books.