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Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty

A documentary feature film about the composer of the "Adagio for Strings"

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Overview

Genre
Music, Biography, Arts, Culture, and Cultural History
Synopsis

Known for his mournful "Adagio for Strings," Samuel Barber was never quite fashionable. "Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty" is a probing exploration of his music and melancholia. Performance, oral history, musicology, and biography combine to explore the life and music of one of America’s greatest composers. Featuring Thomas Hampson, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop and many more of the world's leading experts on Barber's music.

Stage
finished
Running time
130 and 118 minutes

Credits

  • H. Paul Moon ... Director
  • Barbara B. Heyman ... Consulting Producer
  • Pierre Brévignon ... Consulting Producer
  • Thomas Hampson ... Himself
  • Leonard Slatkin ... Himself
  • Marin Alsop ... Herself
  • John Corigliano ... Himself

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Zen Violence Films
Country
United States
Years of Production
2010-2017
Locations
Washington, D.C.; Paris, France; New York, NY

Distribution Details

Release year
2017
Festivals
See the Sound Film Festival (Cologne, Germany), Muvi Festival International de Musico No Cinema (Lisbon, Portugal), Classical Arts Film Festival (Napa, California), The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Frederick Film Festival (Maryland)
Broadcast (Acq.)
WHYY-TV (World Broadcast Premiere on July 15, 2017)
Language
English
Subtitles
English, French, German, Spanish and Russian

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