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Samuel Barber - Dover Beach

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Published on Jan 24, 2008

A poem by Matthew Arnold set to music and sung by Samuel Barber (1910-1981) along with the Curtis String Quartet. Composed in 1931; recorded in 1937. Barber was the nephew of the famous contralto Louise Homer which accounts for his interest in vocal music. He had a beautiful baritone voice. He was probably the most melodic/Romantic of the American 20th century composers.
He began a complex but life long relationship with Gian Carlo Mentotti (1911-2007) at the age of 18. They were complete opposites. For an extensive discussion of Barber and his works go to Google, type in "Samuel Barber Dover Beach" and click on the 4th entry (at Schirmer dot com). Someone thought enough of this record to type out the entire poem and place in the record sleeve of my copy.

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