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Samuel Barber

An American composer, born March 1910 in Pennsylvania, Samuel Barber was popularly known for his romantic and European compositions, mostly tonal. At age seven, he wrote his first piece, followed by an opera at ten. Thereafter, he studied voice, piano, composition and conducting at Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where he later briefly taught. He also studied in Rome, through a scholarship award from American Academy’s Prix de Rome (1936). He was later elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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