Item #29042 [Photograph] Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti. Fritz Henle.
[Photograph] Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti
Composers at Work

[Photograph] Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti

[no place of publication stated]: Fritz Henle [no date noted]. 7 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches. Silver print on paper. Stamped on verso "Photograph Fritz Henle Kart. Nr.____" with number E8601 penciled in. Glue residue and some surface abrasion where the photograph was glued to a substrate at some point.
Several surface indentations on recto most notably in the middle of the open window. Excellent tonality. Very Good. [29042]


A great image of Samuel Barber (left) and Gian Carlo Menotti (right) who were two famous American composers and a couple for many decades by well known photographer Fritz Henle. They met as students at the Curtis Institute and knew each other for six decades. An excellent image showing two musicians at work.

"Gian Carlo Menotti (July 7, 1911 – February 1, 2007) was an Italian-American composer, librettist, director, and playwright who is primarily known for his output of 25 operas. Although he often referred to himself as an American composer, he kept his Italian citizenship. One of the most frequently performed opera composers of the 20th century, his most successful works were written in the 1940s and 1950s.[2] Highly influenced by Giacomo Puccini and Modest Mussorgsky, Menotti further developed the verismo tradition of opera in the post-World War II era. Rejecting atonality and the aesthetic of the Second Viennese School, Menotti's music is characterized by expressive lyricism which carefully sets language to natural rhythms in ways that highlight textual meaning and underscore dramatic intent...At the age of 17, Menotti's life was dramatically altered by the death of his father.[4] Following her husband's death, Ines Menotti and Gian Carlo moved to Colombia in a futile attempt to salvage the family's coffee business. In 1928 she enrolled him at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music before returning to Italy. Armed with a letter of introduction from the wife of Arturo Toscanini, Gian Carlo studied composition at Curtis under Rosario Scalero. In 1928, he met fellow Curtis schoolmate Samuel Barber, who became his partner in life as well as in their shared profession. As a student, Menotti spent much of his time with the Barber family in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and the two also spent several summer breaks in Europe attending opera performances in Vienna and in Italy while studying at Curtis." (Wikipedia)

"Samuel Osmond Barber II (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was an American composer, pianist, conductor, baritone, and music educator, and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. The music critic Donal Henahan said, "Probably no other American composer has ever enjoyed such early, such persistent and such long-lasting acclaim."[1] Principally influenced by nine years' composition studies with Rosario Scalero at the Curtis Institute and more than 25 years' study with his uncle, the composer Sidney Homer, Barber's music usually eschewed the experimental trends of musical modernism in favor of traditional 19th-century harmonic language and formal structure embracing lyricism and emotional expression. However, he adopted elements of modernism after 1940 in some of his compositions, such as an increased use of dissonance and chromaticism in the Cello Concerto (1945) and Medea's Dance of Vengeance (1955); and the use of tonal ambiguity and a narrow use of serialism in his Piano Sonata (1949), Prayers of Kierkegaard (1954), and Nocturne (1959)...Barber was in a relationship with the composer Gian Carlo Menotti for more than 40 years. They lived at Capricorn, a house just north of New York City, where they frequently hosted parties with academic and music luminaries. Menotti was Barber's librettist for two of his three operas. When the relationship ended in 1970, they remained close friends until Barber's death from cancer in 1981." (Wikipedia)

Price: $250.00

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