Friday, December 28, 2012

Letters of Note: Samuel Barber

       Written by 9 year old Samuel Barber in 1919:

NOTICE to Mother and nobody else

Dear Mother: I have written this to tell you my worrying secret. Now don’t cry when you read it because it is neither yours nor my fault. I suppose I will have to tell it now without any nonsense. To begin with I was not meant to be an athlet [sic]. I was meant to be a composer, and will be I’m sure. I’ll ask you one more thing.—Don’t ask me to try to forget this unpleasant thing and go play football.—Please—Sometimes I’ve been worrying about this so much that it makes me mad (not very).

Sam Barber II
The following year, Samuel Barber composed his first work, Sadness, and at age 10, he wrote his first opera, The Rose Tree. He continued writing compositions, which led him to win the Pulitzer Prize twice.

Source: Letters of Note

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