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'''Samuel Barber''' (1910-1981) was a American [[composer]] of [[classical music]]. He is best known for one movement of a two movement piece, which is simply known as the "Adagio for Strings", after its tempo and intrumentation.  It is often quoted in films, when a sad, slow feeling is desired. It is used quite effectively for several minutes near the end of ''Platoon''.
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American composer, born West Chester, PA. Mar 9 1910, died New York, Jan 23 1981. He studied composition, and as a singer, at the Curtis Institute, 1924-32, where he first won acclaim.
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His music is romantic and accessible, and he is one of the most popular American composers world wide, both in the concert hall and on recordings. "Adagio for Strings", his reworking of the second movement of his String Quartet (1936), is a universal favorite. He also arranged it for choir as a setting of the 'Agnus Dei'. His Violin Concerto (1940) is also frequently programmed, and often recorded. His 'Knoxville: Summer of 1915' for soprano and orchestra is a musical invocation of an era.
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His works include: 3 operas, 2 ballets, many pieces for solo voice or choir, much chamber and instrumental music, 2 symphonies, concertos for various instruments, and smaller orchestral pieces.
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Reference: The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music".
  
 
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American composer, born West Chester, PA. Mar 9 1910, died New York, Jan 23 1981. He studied composition, and as a singer, at the Curtis Institute, 1924-32, where he first won acclaim.

His music is romantic and accessible, and he is one of the most popular American composers world wide, both in the concert hall and on recordings. "Adagio for Strings", his reworking of the second movement of his String Quartet (1936), is a universal favorite. He also arranged it for choir as a setting of the 'Agnus Dei'. His Violin Concerto (1940) is also frequently programmed, and often recorded. His 'Knoxville: Summer of 1915' for soprano and orchestra is a musical invocation of an era.

His works include: 3 operas, 2 ballets, many pieces for solo voice or choir, much chamber and instrumental music, 2 symphonies, concertos for various instruments, and smaller orchestral pieces.

Reference: The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music".