Samuel Barber completed his Violin Concerto, Op. 14, in It is a work in three movements, lasting about 22 minutes. Contents. [hide]. 1 History; 2 Recordings; 3 Form of the work; 4 References; 5 Sources; 6 External links. History. In , Philadelphia industrialist Samuel Simeon Fels commissioned Barber to write. Mar 9, Barber's beautiful concerto came about at the request of a soap magnate named Samuel Fels. Although the business end of the commission was sullied, the concerto came out sparkling. Hear violinist James Ehnes play the piece in concert. Given the great success of the Adagio for Strings, Samuel Barber could have been forgiven for resting on his musical laurels in the late s. But the American composer was having none of it: he set about working on his only Violin Concerto in , just a year after the Adagio's premiere.
An unplayable finale and a meddling violin teacher? Jane Jones sheds light on the story behind Barber's only Violin Concerto. The American composer Samuel Barber was – depending on who you talk to – either one of the most talented lyrical composers of his generation, or one of the most anachronistic and old. Given the lush, lyrical, Romantic propensities of Samuel Barber's music, it should come as no surprise that the composer achieved great success in that most Romantic of genres, the solo instrumental concerto. Indeed, Barber wrote a concerto for each of the "Big Three" concerto instruments: piano, violin, and cello, . Samuel Barber, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra, Gil Shaham - Barber: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 14 / Korngold: Much Ado about Nothing Suite, Op. 11 - Music.
Samuel Barber, Yoel Levi, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Jon Kimura Parker, Robert McDuffie - Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14 & Piano Concerto, Op. 38 - Music.