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Lot #6216
Samuel Barber Autograph Musical Quotation Signed for 'Adagio for Strings'

Barber's magnum opus, 'Adagio for Strings'

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Barber's magnum opus, 'Adagio for Strings'

Extremely rare AMQS on an off-white 10.75 x 8.5 musically lined sheet, signed and inscribed in bold fountain pen, “With best wishes to the young composer, Sincerely, Samuel Barber, Capricorn, Mount Kisco, ‘61.” Above Barber adds four bars of music from the opening of his masterful 1936 work, "Adagio for Strings," which he pens across two staves. In fine condition. Memorably used in the films The Elephant Man and Platoon, Adagio for Strings remains one of the most instantly recognizable pieces of 20th-century classical music, handwritten musical quotations of which are exceptionally rare and highly coveted.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Art, Literature, and Classical Music
  • Dates: #682 - Ended June 20, 2024

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