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Compositions by Barbara Harbach

Harriet’s Story for Soprano, Violin and Piano

Harriet’s Story - remembering Harriet and Dred Scott Harriet’s Story contributes to the rich historiography of Missouri and Midwest through music. The impetus for this dramatic song cycle was the 150th anniversary of the state’s entrance into the Civil War in 1862.  ...

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Night Soundings for Orchestra, Symphony No. 6

Cloak of Darkness is the hour of the wolf, between night and light, just before the dawn awakens. It is believed to be the time when demons have intensified power, our nightmares are the most real, and the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fears. The only reality...

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Symphony No. 4 “Gateway Festival Symphony”

Gateway Festival Symphony, 2013, is written for and dedicated to Dr. James Richards and the Gateway Festival Orchestra for their 50th Jubilee Anniversary. I. Confluencity depicts the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers with the ebb and flow of two rivers...

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Phantom of the Dreams’ Origin for chamber Ensemble

Phantom of the Dreams’ Origin for chamber ensemble sets to music a selection of prose poems from Embirikos’ 1935 masterpiece Blast Furnace, which Nikos Stabakis translated into English in his anthology Surrealism in Greece [University of Texas Press, 2008]. The work...

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Nocturne noir for Piano

In the night, Nocturne noir enters the mind, where dreams and motives intertwine, ever shifting between reality and fantasy. Slow awakening from a deep sleep begins with an ascending jagged scale, becoming more insistent until block chords made of the intervals of the...

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Symphony No. 6 “Jubilee Symphony”

Jubilee Symphony was commissioned by the University of Missouri–St. Louis for their 50th Jubilee Anniversary, 1963-2013. The symphony was premiered October 9, 2013. The first movement, Bellerive, takes its name from the beautiful Bellerive Country Club which became...

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Incantata for Chamber Ensemble

Incantata for Chamber Ensemble was inspired by Paul Muldoon’s poem, Incantata, written in memory of the artist Mary Farl Powers. The poem, published in The Annals of Chile (1994), is both an elegy and a celebration. The premiere was October 30, 2011, at the Touhill...

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