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Compositions by Barbara Harbach

Confluencity for Bassoon and Piano

Confluencity is inspired by the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers near St. Louis – the fluidity and separateness of the bassoon and piano co-mingle to produce a strong and dynamic whole.  Melodies with an early American flavor give rise to imitation,...

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Emanations of the Scared Harp for Tuba and Piano

Emanations of the Sacred Harp is a two-movement work for tuba and piano. The first movement, I. Morning Fantasy, is an eloquent fantasy beginning and ending with a quasi-improvisatory setting for the central hymn tune “The Morning Trumpet.” The second movement, II....

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Cuatro Danzas para Flute y Piano

Cuatro Danzas para Flute y Piano (2018) is a four-movement piece with a Spanish flavor and frenzied outer movements.  The music anticipated Harbach’s move to the South West with its Spanish influences. Danza Flamenco begins with a whirling waltz with toccata-like...

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Visions of Hildegard for Violin and Piano

Visions of Hildegard was inspired by Hildegard of Bingen of the Order of Saint Benedict.  She lived from 1098-1179, and she was known as Saint Hildegard, Sibyl of the Rhine, as well as an abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, and visionary. Many consider her...

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Fanfare for Grand Center for Brass Quintet

Fanfare for Grand Center for Brass Quintet was commissioned by St. Louis Public Radio and the University of Missouri-St. Louis for the opening of UMSL at Grand Center.  The ceremony was for major donors to UMSL and KWMU, St. Louis Public Radio, September 14, 2012,...

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In Peace and Joy I Now Depart for SATB, Flute, and Piano

In Peace and Joy I Now Depart is a six-phrase hymn by Martin Luther.  Harbach was inspired to write a two-part piece with the form of ABAB.  The A parts are newly composed with the ethos underscoring a feeling of Peace, while the B portions evoke the feeling of Joy. ...

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Many Thousands Gone for SATB, Flute, Cello, and Piano

While writing Freedom Suite for string orchestra which was inspired by the empathy I felt for Harriet and Dred Scott, I was standing on the steps of the St. Louis Courthouse and thought of the many thousands that had stood there and been sold at auction.  Many...

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Ojibwa Prayer for SATB, Flute, and Piano

The author of the text is unknown, and the language of the Ojibwa Prayer is also known as Chippewa, Saulteaux, Southern Ojibway, and Mississippi Ojibwa.  The prayer was taken from Bishop Frederick Baraga’s Catechism written in the middle 1800's. This setting is for...

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