Sunday, April 02, 2017

Vespers: Agnus Dei

The Rotterdam Symphony Chorus performs Samuel Barber's "Agnus Dei."

Samuel Osborne Barber II (1910 – 1981) was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century: music critic Donal Henahan stated that "Probably no other American composer has ever enjoyed such early, such persistent and such long-lasting acclaim."

He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music twice: for his opera Vanessa (1956–57) and for the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1962). Barber was a triple prodigy in composition, voice, and piano.

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