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...

Retourner Symphonie, Symphony No. 11

Retourner Symphonie is Harbach’s eleventh symphony. I. Return-Debate, the first movement, is loosely based on a scene from Willa Cather’s 1913 novel, O Pioneers! takes place in Nebraska in the early twentieth century. Emil Bergson has just returned home to Nebraska...

Symphony for Ferguson, Symphony No. 10

Commissioned by the Missouri Humanities Council the Symphony for Ferguson was premiered October 2015 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis by the University Orchestra under the direction of Dr James Richards.  The commission...

Celestial Symphony, Symphony No. 9

The Celestial Symphony is an arrangement of excerpts from Barbara Harbach’s silent film score, The Birth, Life and Death of Christ, which was premiered in 2014.  The film was directed by the trailblazing French filmmaker, Alice Guy Blaché (1873-1968), and is...