quarta-feira, 29 de fevereiro de 2012

Samuel Barber

"How awful that the artist has become nothing but the after-dinner mint of society."


Samuel Osborne Barber II was born in March 9th, 1910, and passed away in January 23rd, 1981.

Samuel Barber often confuses critics. He founded no school; he stuck to no one style. As a public figure, he seemed aloof from the various critical fights of American music: tonal vs. atonal, Stravinsky vs. Schoenberg, and old-guard vs. modern.

Barber seemed just to write music, and, in so doing, became controversial, someone to be attacked or defended.

In 2004, Barber's masterpiece «Adagio for Strings» was voted the saddest classical work ever by listeners of the BBC's Today programme, ahead of Dido's Lament from «Dido and Æneas» by Henry Purcell, and the Adagietto from Gustav Mahler's 5th symphony.

It can be heard in films such as Platoon, The Elephant Man, El Norte, Amélie, Lorenzo's Oil and Reconstruction.

Barber was president of the International Music Council of UNESCO, where he did much to bring into focus and ameliorate the conditions of international musical problems.

He was the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the American Prix de Rome and two Pulitzers.

He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

RIC

9 comentários:

paulo disse...

Ola procurava no Google a ref sobre a questão do espaço entre a roupa - e a pele... que o Barthes escreveu... e o acaso Google me indica vc.... adorei o blog... com mais calma vou ler teus posts. Sou Paulo Goya e escrevo do Brasil. Fui aluno do Barthes. E outra coisa que me tocou foram teus vizinhos... os Jeronimos, a Torre... quando estive em Portugal foi um choque enorme ver o Tejo, entrar nos Jeronimos. Para um brasileiro as refs são enormes.
Chorei compulsivamente.... enfim muitas refs ... goyapaulo@gmail.com

Luciano disse...

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RIC disse...

Olá Luciano!
Desculpa a minha falta de atenção. Agora o vídeo está reposto.
Obrigado pela visita!
:-)

RIC disse...

Olá Paulo!
Bem-vindo!
Nunca pensei que um blogue (pelo menos, o meu) pudesse ter tal efeito sobre alguém... Não é minha intenção comover assim tanto as minhas visitas, bem entendido!
Realmente, moro aqui em Belém, e estes são os meus monumentais vizinhos!
Que privilégio teres sido aluno de Barthes!!! Li muito da sua obra ao longo de vários anos, e quase tudo me entusiasmou sempre muito!
Aqui, estás à vontade, caro Paulo! Pesquisa o que bem te aprouver: O blogue está aqui para isso mesmo.
Um grande abraço de Lisboa!
RIC(ardo)
:-)

T-Bird disse...

Hello friend. I too am restarting my Soup blog. Back from the underground where I have been in stealth mode.

Yeah, this is a very sad piece of music. VERY sad. I was just listening to it, by chance, two days ago in my car. I am sad to report that I UNDERSTAND this piece too well for my own good. It is what it is.

Competition in this dubious category (dubious only for the soul whose personal grief fueled compositions that are candidates for such an award) must include Tchaikovsky’s last movement in the last symphony: Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique".

I also add the 4th movement Largo from Shostakovich Symphony 8 (just watched a DVD performance of it that arrived in the mail tonight).

There are other pieces I would put in the running that seem anything but grief stricken, but that I sense are highly disguised and/or transformed grief (the frantic second movement of Prokofiev’s 1st violin concerto is a real tear jerker for me – though I doubt anyone would think of it as being sad.

You take care and I send my best to you. Will

T-Bird disse...

And today on the Radio I heard Adagio for Strings. It made for an ironically moody drive in the mid-day hot August sun.

Bússola do Terror disse...

Oi, Ric!
Eu sou o Leo Carioca do Ultra CECG&B.
O meu outro blog, a Bússola do Terror, recebeu o Selo Torre Eiffel (blog com visual bonito) e, como o selo pede que eu indique outros 5 com visual bonito, eu escolhi o seu blog como um dos 5.
Se você puder, passe lá depois pra ver.
Grande abraço!

RIC disse...

Oh, mas quanta simpatia a tua, Leo! Muito obrigado!
Por razões que se prendem fundamentalmente com o «espírito do tempo», tenho estado afastado do blogue e mantenho-me ocupado com outras actividades. Mas continuo a gostar muito deste meu espaçozinho!...
A minha visita segue dentro de momentos! Um abraço!... :)

Leo Natura disse...

Oi, Ric! Sou eu de novo!rs
Vim aqui desejar um feliz 2013 a você e dizer que mudei de nome e de blog.
Vou linkar o seu blog lá no meu endereço novo.
Abração!