Welcome to the Early Songs of Samuel Barber! Florestan Recital Project is thrilled to present these world premiere recordings, the first in a series of releases celebrating one of America’s most important song composers, Samuel Barber.
Many of Barber’s songs have been enjoyed for decades as well-known American repertoire. In 2009, Florestan obtained special permission from the U.S. Library of Congress and Barber’s estate to reproduce the large amount of then-unpublished songs in manuscript form that had neither been heard often nor recorded. Florestan featured performances of these unpublished songs in our 2009 Barberfest festival, and it was a beautiful experience to see the handwriting, signatures, and playful illustrations of young Barber as he explored diverse poems and compositional textures.
Writing Songs... a natural thing to do, by Barbara Heyman
Notes on Samuel Barber by Margo Garrett
Reflections on Samuel Barber by Martina Arroyo
Barberfest Programs, 2009
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