Classical Notes

Barber’s Irish roots and all that jazz

20th February, 2010

The centenary of the birth of American composer Samuel Barber next month will be marked with a variety of celebratory events. Barber is best known for his iconic work, Adagio for Strings. It has been used in film scores - for its poignancy in The Elephant Man and its harrowing stridency in the Vietnam war epic Platoon.

The events at the National Concert Hall (NCH) will concentrate on Barber’s Irish Scottish roots. Highlights will include...

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