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Collection Samuel Barber at the Library of Congress

About this Collection

The Library of Congress is the preeminent repository for manuscripts by American composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981), one of the most frequently performed and recorded American composers of the twentieth century. Numerous music manuscripts and printed scores by Barber, as well as correspondence, videos, and sound recordings of his works can be found throughout the library’s collections.

Many of his music manuscripts, letters, and performances of his works have been digitized and made available for this presentation. In addition, several contextual essays are available which describe what items are available at the Library, his biography, and historical information about particular songs.