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Samuel Barber : a guide to research
Wentzel, Wayne C. (Wayne Clifford), 1942-
Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, [2001]

Physical Description:
x, 333 pages; 24 cm.
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ML134.B175 W46 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An annotated reference guide to Barber's life, works and achievements, it will prove valuable for anyone seeking information on him.

Author Notes

Wayne Wentzelis Associate Professor of Music at Butler University. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Among the more important composers of the mid-20th century, Barber was a musical conservative during a period of innovation and experimentation. His music has always appealed to large numbers of concert music aficionados, but compared to many of his contemporaries, he has elicited relatively little serious study. Wentzel's guide updates and complements Don Hennessee's Samuel Barber: A Bio-Bibliography (CH, Nov'85). Wentzel assembles an extremely useful inventory of unpublished correspondence, holographs and manuscripts, and recordings--elusive materials vital to serious scholars. His treatment of published material provides access to related information on people and places in Barber's life by supplying information about performers, conductors, ensembles, literary figures, and important locations. Bibliographic entries include essential publication information, ISBNs, Library of Congress classifications, and abstracts. Minor complaints include the textual layout and indention, which tend to be difficult on the eye, and some errors in cross-referencing. One hopes Wentzel's book will encourage serious study of this important figure and his music. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. B. Doherty Southwest Missouri State University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The State of Barber Researchp. 1
Barber in his Own Wordsp. 2
Current State of Recordingsp. 3
Contents of the Bookp. 4
Chapter 1. Basic Informationp. 7
Dictionaries and Encyclopediasp. 7
A Barber Chronologyp. 9
Awards, Prizes, and Honorsp. 13
Obituaries and Tributesp. 22
Electronic Information Retrievalp. 25
Chapter 2. Published Works, with First Performances and Reviewsp. 29
Opera and Balletp. 30
Orchestral Musicp. 38
Band Musicp. 53
Choral Musicp. 53
Vocal Musicp. 61
Chamber Musicp. 74
Keyboard Musicp. 77
Arrangements of Barber's Works, by Barber and Othersp. 83
Unpublished Worksp. 89
Chapter 3. Bibliography: Books, Theses, Dissertations, and Articlesp. 109
General Bibliography: Books and Dissertationsp. 109
Additional Biographical Materialp. 119
Individual Genres and Individual Worksp. 119
Opera and Balletp. 119
Instrumental: Generalp. 127
Orchestral Works: Generalp. 128
Orchestral Works: Individual Titlesp. 129
Choral and Vocal Musicp. 138
Choral Music: Generalp. 139
Choral Music: Individual Titlesp. 142
Vocal Works: Generalp. 145
Individual Songs or Cyclesp. 150
Chamber Music: Generalp. 159
Solo Piano Works: Generalp. 162
Piano Sonata and Piano Concertop. 171
Organ Works: Generalp. 171
Related Material: People, Places, and Performers in Barber's Lifep. 173
Chapter 4. Historical Discography, Current Videography, and Archival Tapesp. 183
Previous Discographiesp. 183
Bibliographies of Discographiesp. 184
Discographiesp. 184
Record Ratings and Reviewsp. 187
The Recordingsp. 188
Individual Worksp. 189
Orchestral Musicp. 194
Choral Musicp. 205
Vocal Musicp. 207
Chamber Musicp. 211
Piano Musicp. 213
Videographyp. 216
Commercially Available Videotapesp. 216
Archival Videotapesp. 219
Archival Audio Tapesp. 221
Chapter 5. Holographs and Other Manuscriptsp. 229
Library of Congressp. 229
Music 1907, Items 1-74p. 229
Music 1811, Items 2-4 (Koussevitzky Foundation Collection)p. 240
Music 1571, Hermit Songsp. 241
Earliest Compositionsp. 241
School Compositions, 1927-1928p. 242
Barber's Orchestration Book c. 1930p. 243
Miscellaneousp. 243
Library of Congress Holographs by Acquisitionp. 244
G. Schirmer Collection on Loan to Eastman School of Musicp. 245
Barber Materials at the Chester County Historical Societyp. 250
Manuscripts and Copies at the Curtis Institute of Musicp. 252
Marian Anderson Collection of Music Manuscripts (University of Pennsylvania)p. 253
Holographs at the New York Public Libraryp. 254
Edith Evans Braun Collectionp. 254
Toscanini Memorial Archivep. 254
Anton Brees Carillon Library at the Bok Tower Gardensp. 255
Pierpont Morgan Library: Mary Flagler Cary Music Collectionp. 255
Van Pelt Library, Rare Book and Manuscript Collection (University of Pennsylvania)p. 255
Chapter 6. Letters and Other Correspondencep. 257
Letters to Individualsp. 258
Leonard Bernsteinp. 258
Katherine Garrison Chapin Biddlep. 259
John Bitterp. 261
Edith Evans Braunp. 261
Leonard Burkatp. 263
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidgep. 264
Aaron Coplandp. 265
Walter Damroschp. 269
Leonard Ellinwoodp. 269
Lehman Engelp. 269
Ross Lee Finneyp. 270
Vladimir Horowitzp. 270
Serge Koussevitzkyp. 271
William Millerp. 279
Eugene Ormandyp. 280
Dorothy Slepian Packerp. 283
Quincy Porterp. 284
William Schumanp. 284
Fabien Sevitzkyp. 289
Harold D. Spivackep. 290
Oliver Strunkp. 291
Deems Taylorp. 292
Virgil Thomsonp. 292
Letters to Institutionsp. 295
New York: American Academy of Arts and Lettersp. 295
New York: American Academy in Romep. 301
Index of Lettersp. 303
Peoplep. 303
Barber Compositionsp. 306
Works of Other Composersp. 308
Indexesp. 309
Index of Authorsp. 309
Index of Namesp. 315
Orchestras and Other Performing Groupsp. 320
Orchestrasp. 320
Choirs and Vocal Ensemblesp. 321
Chamber Music Ensemblesp. 321
Dance Groupsp. 321
Alphabetical List of Barber Compositionsp. 322
Other Composers and Their Worksp. 326
Authors of the Texts in Barber's Choral and Vocal Worksp. 328
Index of First Lines of Songs and Choral Worksp. 331