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Adagio for Young Concert Band

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Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber (arranged by Paul Jennings)


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General Info

Year: 1936 / 1991
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Adagio for Strings is a work by Samuel Barber, arguably his best known, arranged for string orchestra from the second movement of his String Quartet, Op. 11.

Barber finished the arrangement 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.

Its reception was generally positive, with Alexander J. Morin writing that Adagio for Strings is "full of pathos and cathartic passion" and that it "rarely leaves a dry eye." The music is the setting for Barber's 1967 choral arrangement of Agnus Dei. Adagio for Strings can be heard in many TV shows and movies, most notably in the 1986 film Platoon, which brought the work to wide popular attention.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • South Carolina: III
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • Denison University (Granville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Chris David Westover, conductor) – 10 November 2018


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