The Birth, Life and Death of Christ for Chamber Orchestra

La Naissance, La Vie et La Mort du Christ (The Birth, Life and Death of Christ) is a 33-minute silent film from 1906 comprised of twenty-five scenes or tableaux, directed by the trail-blazing French filmmaker Alice Guy (1873-1968). The very first woman filmmaker, Guy...

Hypocrisy – Orchestral Suite

13 Movements of Original Music Based on the 1915 Silent Film Directed by Lois Weber Barbara Harbach wrote Hypocrisy, an original film score to the 1915 silent film, Hypocrites, directed by the legendary American director, Lois Weber (1888-1939). The film points out...

Recitative and Aria for Orchestra

Recitative and Aria for Orchestra (2017) are two movements inspired by the life of Edwin Booth (1833-1893), perhaps the greatest American actor, and the greatest Prince Hamlet of the 19th century.  As an actor, Booth toured throughout the United States as well as...

Early American Scandals for Orchestra

Early American Scandals (2017) are four snapshots that look back to the turbulence, Revolution, slavery, Civil War and social unrest of the 18th and 19th centuries. Harbach has always been intrigued by this time period, and has written several compositions exploring...

Arabesque noir for Orchestra

Arabesque Noir was inspired by the ornamental designs found in Arabic and Moorish decoration. The music reflects the florid ornamentation with flowing melodies and motifs that are sinuous, spiraling and undulating. It seeks to capture the complicated relationships...