Collection of Samuel Barber materials
Held at: Curtis Institute of Music Archives [Contact Us]1720 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music from 1924 to 1934, studying composition with Rosario Scalero, piano with Isabelle Vengerova (1924-1926), and voice with Emilio de Gogorza.
In 1928, Scalero accepted italian-born student Gian-Carlo Menotti who became Barber's colleague and life partner. The two composers had a very close relationship with Curtis founder, Mary Louise Curtis. They corresponded often, and she assisted them professionally and financially at times. Her assistance enabled them to purchase their home, known as Capricorn, in Mt. Kisco, New York which became a meeting place for artists and intellectuals. After Barber and Menotti separated , the house was sold in 1973.
The collection is arranged into four series: 1. Orlando Cole gift 2. Mrs. Jules Bernard gift 3. Frank Bartholomew gift 4. Miscellaneous materials
Donated by Orlando Cole, Mrs. Jules Bernard, and Lynne Bartholomew.
- Curtis Institute of Music Archives
- Finding Aid Author
- Barbara Benedett
- Finding Aid Date
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The collection is open for research
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Barber discusses works that he is composing or revising, including his first Symphony, his String Quartet, and his opera Antony and Cleopatra, and recordings of his works, including one of Dover Beach. In addition, he writes about concerts, in some of which he is a performer, and plans for concerts, rehearsal arrangements, and reactions to different concerts. The correspondence contains references to Gian Carlo Menotti and his works, and includes one letter by Menotti, finished by Barber.