Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty




Known for his mournful "Adagio for Strings," Samuel Barber was never quite fashionable. This acclaimed film 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, with tributes from composers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson and William Schuman.

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Festivals & Awards
Festivals: SEE THE SOUND Film Festival (Cologne, Germany), Muvi International Music Film Festival (Lisbon, Portugal), Classical Arts Film Festival (Napa, California), The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Frederick Film Festival (Frederick, Maryland), WHYY-TV (PBS), Eau Claire World Film Festival (Eau Claire, Wisconsin), Queen City Film Festival (Cumberland, Maryland), Royal Starr Film Festival (Royal Oak, Michigan), and Cape Town International Film Festival (Cape Town, South Africa).

Awards: Best Music Film, 2017 Queen City Film Festival (Cumberland, Maryland)
Additional Information

Runtime: 130 min.

Rating: NR

Genres: Documentary, Music, Biography

Closed Captioning: English, French, German, Spanish and Russian captions available