Adagio for Strings

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Adagio for Strings is a work by Samuel Barber, arguably his best known, arranged for string orchestra from the second movement of his String Quartet, Op. 11.wikipedia
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Samuel Barber

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Adagio for Strings is a work by Samuel Barber, arguably his best known, arranged for string orchestra from the second movement of his String Quartet, Op. 11.
His Adagio for Strings (1936) has earned a permanent place in the concert repertory of orchestras.

String Quartet (Barber)

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Adagio for Strings is a work by Samuel Barber, arguably his best known, arranged for string orchestra from the second movement of his String Quartet, Op. 11.
Barber arranged the middle movement for string orchestra as his well-known Adagio for Strings in 1936.

Agnus Dei (Barber)

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The music is the setting for Barber's 1967 choral arrangement of Agnus Dei.
Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) is a choral composition in one movement by Samuel Barber, his own arrangement of his Adagio for Strings (1936).

String orchestra

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Adagio for Strings is a work by Samuel Barber, arguably his best known, arranged for string orchestra from the second movement of his String Quartet, Op. 11.
Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, Alban Berg's 3 Pieces from his Lyric Suite, Arnold Schoenberg's string sextet Verklärte Nacht and String Quartet No.

Arturo Toscanini

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It was performed for the first time on November 5, 1938, by Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra in a radio broadcast from NBC Studio 8H.
Toscanini was sometimes unjustly criticized for neglecting American music, but on November 5, 1938, he conducted the world premieres of two orchestral works by Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings and Essay for Orchestra.

National Recording Registry

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The recording of the world premiere in 1938, with Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra, was selected in 2005 for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the United States Library of Congress.

2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony

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The ballet dancers also danced to "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber as the grove turned into a starry sky.

Arch form

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The Adagio is an example of arch form and builds on a melody that first ascends and then descends in stepwise fashion.
Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings and Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 in C minor also use arch form.

Ferry Corsten

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Artists who have covered it include William Orbit, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Mark Sixma, Bastille, and Lucas & Steve.
Following his massively successful remix of Art of Trance's "Madagascar", Corsten was asked to remix several singles, including William Orbit's arrangement of "Adagio for Strings", Push's "Universal Nation", Faithless's "Why Go?", and Moby's "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" as well as "New Year's Day" for U2.

William Orbit

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Artists who have covered it include William Orbit, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Mark Sixma, Bastille, and Lucas & Steve.
The first single release from the album was ‘Barber’s Adagio for Strings’, and a dance remix of the track by Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten was hugely successful.

Mark Sixma

Artists who have covered it include William Orbit, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Mark Sixma, Bastille, and Lucas & Steve.
He also remixed the iconic song called 'Adagio for Strings' in which was supported by many artists like Markus Schulz, Cosmic Gate and Andrew Rayel.

The Proms

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The atmosphere was more restrained and less festive than normal, with a heavily revised programme where the finale of Beethoven's 9th Symphony replaced the "Sea Songs", and Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" was performed in tribute to 9/11 victims.

B-flat minor

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Samuel Barber wrote Adagio for Strings in B-flat minor as well.

NBC Symphony Orchestra

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It was performed for the first time on November 5, 1938, by Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra in a radio broadcast from NBC Studio 8H. The recording of the world premiere in 1938, with Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra, was selected in 2005 for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the United States Library of Congress.

Studio 8H

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It was performed for the first time on November 5, 1938, by Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra in a radio broadcast from NBC Studio 8H. On November 5, 1938, a selected audience was invited to Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center to watch Toscanini conduct the first performance; it was broadcast on radio and also recorded.

Pathos

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Its reception was generally positive, with Alexander J. Morin writing that Adagio for Strings is "full of pathos and cathartic passion" and that it "rarely leaves a dry eye".

Catharsis

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Its reception was generally positive, with Alexander J. Morin writing that Adagio for Strings is "full of pathos and cathartic passion" and that it "rarely leaves a dry eye".

Passion (emotion)

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Its reception was generally positive, with Alexander J. Morin writing that Adagio for Strings is "full of pathos and cathartic passion" and that it "rarely leaves a dry eye".

Gian Carlo Menotti

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11, composed in 1936 while he was spending a summer in Europe with his partner Gian Carlo Menotti, an Italian composer who was a fellow student at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Curtis Institute of Music

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11, composed in 1936 while he was spending a summer in Europe with his partner Gian Carlo Menotti, an Italian composer who was a fellow student at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Georgics

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He was inspired by Virgil's Georgics.

Rockefeller Center

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On November 5, 1938, a selected audience was invited to Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center to watch Toscanini conduct the first performance; it was broadcast on radio and also recorded.

The New York Times

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Initially, the critical reception was positive, as seen in the review by The New York Times's Olin Downes.

Olin Downes

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Initially, the critical reception was positive, as seen in the review by The New York Times's Olin Downes.

Philadelphia Orchestra

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Over April 16–19, 1942, the piece had public performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy at Carnegie Hall.