Max Derrickson

Writing Music Program Notes for Over 20 Years

Tag: Barber

Britten – Men of Goodwill: Variations on a Christmas Carol

Benjamin Britten     (Born: Lowestoft, England, November 22, 1913 (St. Cecilia’s Day); died: Aldeburgh, England, December 4, 1976) Men of Goodwill: Variations on a Christmas Carol Like Barber’s Die Natalie, Britten’s Christmas variations were also crafted with intelligence and charm.  Unlike Barber’s medley, however, Britten uses only one carol as his theme: “God Rest […]

Barber – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14

Samuel Barber   (b West Chester, PA, 9 March 1910; d New York, 23 Jan. 1981) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14 1. Allegro 2. Andante 3. Presto in moto   [. . .]  There is a lyrical, vocal beauty about many of Samuel Barber’s works, which is supremely evident in his Violin Concerto.  As the […]