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  • Writer's pictureFr. Scott Haynes

Adagio for Strings, Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber's timeless Adagio for Strings, Op. 11, is here performed at the Summer Night Concert in 2019. The Vienna Philharmonic is conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. It is arguably his best known work. The composer arranged the work for string orchestra from the second movement of his String Quartet, Op. 11 in 1936, the same year that he wrote the quartet. It was performed for the first time on November 5, 1938, by Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra in a radio broadcast from NBC Studio 8H. Toscanini also played the piece on his South American tour with the NBC Symphony in 1940.


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