Samuel Barber

Songs (2), for voice & piano, Op. 18

    Description by Hector Bellman

    This work came right after Barber's Second Essay for orchestra, but as this was a transitional moment in Barber's musical language - the Second Symphony would soon follow -, there seems not to be any stylistic connection with the former piece. The set comprises two songs. The first, "The Queen's face on the summery coin" is a setting of a text by Robert Horan. Composed in 1942, it is an intriguing song with a marked change of rhythm in the middle. The second, "Monks and Raisins", sets a poem of J. GarcĂ­a Villa. Composed in 1943, it has a faster tempo than the previous song but stylistically, it is comparably elusive.


    1. The Queen's Face on the Summery Coin
    2. Monks and Raisins

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2003 DG Deutsche Grammophon 474685
    2002 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4595062
    2001 Koch 7511
    1995 EtCetera Records 1055
    1994 DG Deutsche Grammophon 435867