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Compositions by Barbara Harbach

American Dialogues for Flute and Piano

American Dialogues for Flute and Piano evokes the quintessentially American frontier character and spirit. Flute and piano imitate, chase, and call out to the other as they explore the full range and dynamic possibilities of both instruments. Folk-like melodies,...

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Emanations of the Sacred Harp for Cello and Piano

Emanations of the Sacred Harp is a two-movement work for cello and piano. The first movement, 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, Reeling...

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Arcadian Reverie for String Orchestra

Arcadian Reverie begins with a simple setting of the pastoral theme that recurs in many forms from theme with gentle counterpoint to pulsing rhythms and undercurrents. A faster middle section with punctuating, slightly dissonant chords herald the introduction of...

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Cherish – Caress for Soprano and Cello

Cherish – Caress is a lyrical duet for soprano and cello. It is based on a warm and playful treatment of the etymology of charity. Barbara Harbach transforms these lyrics into a searchingly beautiful lullaby.

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Perambulations for Trumpet and Piano

Perambulations for Trumpet and Piano showcases the lyric possibilities and rhythmic energy of the trumpet. It opens with a blues-tinged melodic theme before moving to a bright Vivace toccata in the piano with emphatic chords and considerable interplay between the two...

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Rhapsody Ritmico for Brass Quintet

Rhapsody Ritmico for Brass Quintet opens majestically with fanfare punctuations. The second section is a gently lilting lullaby with imitation in the upper brasses and a melodic and rhythmic ostinato in the lower brasses. The horn introduces a merry fugue subject, and...

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Making an American Citizen

Making an American Citizen 1912 for Chamber Ensemble and silent film (Total time 15:37) Director: Alice Guy Blaché Premiered at the St. Louis International Film Festival, Tivoli Theatre, November, 2004 Renamed Transformations for String Quartet Released on MSR...

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Symphony No. 1 “Veneration for Orchestra”

Symphony No. 1 "Veneration for Orchestra" I. The first movement features flowing melodies, pulses of rhythm and energy, and alternating currents of intensity and release. II. Charity – Caress is an idyll, a tender evocation that began life as a work for cello and...

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Symphony No. 2 “One of Ours – A Cather Symphony”

One of Ours is based on Cather’s 1922 Pulitzer Prizewinner novel about World War I hero Claude Wheeler from central Nebraska. I. On Lovely Creek is an American pastorale, evoking Claude’s youth on the Great Nebraska Prairie and the innocence of a youngish America just...

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