20th Century Music Appreciation Composers Performance Practice Solo Piano

Happy Birthday, Samuel Barber!

Happy birthday to American composer, Samuel Barber (1910-1981)!

Barber has been one of my favorite composers for solo piano; I love his neo-romantic sound, and incorporation of American folk styles. I’m practicing hard and looking forward to performing his solo piano set, Excursions, Op. 20, in some upcoming April performances at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) and The Lyceum (Alexandria, VA).

Here’s a fun time-lapse video of the first movement.