• Samuel Barber - First Essay for Orchestra

First Essay for Orchestra by S. Barber preformed by the Coronado High School Symphony Orchestra. Ida Stedman, Orchestra director.

The Symphony Orchestra is composed of students from Band and the String Orchestra.

The EPISD Festival for Orchestra was held on Thursday May 15, 2008 at the "Ross Capshaw Auditorium" Coronado High School in El Paso Texas.

Barber - Adagio for Strings, First Essay for Orchestra

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Study in Seven, Essay for Orchestra

Essay for Orchestra is a bold and dramatic work that makes use of solid contrapuntal lines and striking contemporary harmonies. The middle section features a cantabile melody accompanied by a background of dissonant pyramids. Essay for Orchestra is scored to take full advantage of the vibrant colors of the symphony orchestra.

Study in Seven, Essay for Orchestra I

Essay for Orchestra has a single major thematic element and a few minor melodic ideas that are exploited so as to give the impression of being interesting. Unlike my "American Songs," a composition that has no American Songs in it, the Essay does contain one direct quotation from American Music starting at bar 163.

Pezzo Serioso, Essay for Orchestra II
Samuel Barber had strong literary interests in several languages. His choice of song texts ranged from medieval lyrics to Kierkegaard, Joyce, Rilke, and Neruda. His Essays for orchestra (there are three) really pose a metaphor for the handling of musical themes. The Second Essay, in particular, states an initial idea (like a writer's thesis) and develops it into three major themes. Of his Essays, critics generally consider this the most tightly-composed, and more than one writer has compared it to a symphony, because so much happens in its ten minutes. This is by far one of the best albums I own. It is some of Samuel Barber's best. His usage of the string sections is very moving and emotional in both his First Essay for Orchestra and particularly in Adagio for Strings. It has long been considered that Adagio for Strings is one of the saddest compositions every written and I must agree. All of his music is incredibly beautiful and well composed. This album is probably one of the best performances of these pieces available to buy. Essay for Orchestra is a single movement musical composition. The instrumentation is for large, modern orchestra, including an unusually large percussion complement, two keyboard instruments, and the addition of electric guitar. The music is non-programmatic in nature and abstract in construction, derived primarily from the manipulation and development of a few, simple musical objects. The title and overall structure refer to the musical essay form as first conceived by the American composer Samuel Barber.1995

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-Symphony No.4 Streams Of Consciousness *
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-Primal Instincts Concerto For Percussion and Orchestra *
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Circle City Theater, Indianapolis, Feb.3,1995
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Essay for Orchestra (Barber)

Essay for orchestra, Op. 12 | Details | AllMusic

Barber’s use of the term “essay” represents an analogy to the literary form, a brief but serious consideration of a single subject. The three Essays for Orchestra are works with themes explored concisely from several different perspectives. He wrote his First Essay for Arturo Toscanini, who premiered it in 1938 with his NBC Symphony Orchestra.

Essay for Orchestra I

Essay for Orchestra Elliot Del Borgo - YouTube



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-Symphony No. 6 Four Songs For Five American Voices Akron Symphony
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Essay for Orchestra (Barber)

Samuel Barber — Second Essay for Orchestra, Op

The godfather of the First Essay for Orchestra was the conductor Arthur Rodzinski, who had led performances of ’s Symphony No. 1 in Cleveland, New York and at the Salzburg Festival (the first work by an American to be given at the Festival). Toscanini, no particular friend of American music but determined to do his duty as conductor of the New York Philharmonic, had asked for suggestions of new pieces by American composers, and Rodzinski named . The Essay was written while was in Rome in 1937 and sent off to Toscanini along with the Adagio for Strings, arranged from his String Quartet. The 1937-38 concert season passed with no reply, and despaired of having either work performed.