Andromache's Farewell

Song TitleAndromache's Farewell (Search)
Composer(s):Samuel Barber
Composer Underrepresented GroupLGBTQ+ (Search)
Author(s):Patrick Creagh (after Euripides)
Keyword(s) & Features: Achilles; Addressee: Helen of Troy; Allusion: Iliad; Andromache; Asia; Astyanax; Beds; Birds; Birth; Blame; Carnage; Childbirth; Comfortless; Curses; Death; Death in Combat; Despair; Destruction; Dresses; Dying; Eating; Embraces; Embracing; Falling; Farewell; Fear of Death; First awareness of death; Flesh; God; Graves; Greeks; Hate; Hector; Helen; Hiding; Infanticide; Innocent; Irony; Killing; Lamenting; Malevolence; Metaphor: Fearful Child as Small Bird; Mothers; Mourning; Murder; Nursing; Powerlessness; Princes; Regret; Rocks; Sacrifice; Shame; Shelter; Shields; Ships; Slaughtering; Slavery; Sons; Sorrow; Speaker: Woman/Feminine; Spears; Story; Suffering; Trojan War; Troy; Wars; Weddings; Weeping; Widows; Wings
First LineSo you must die, my son (Search)
Average Duration12:15 (Search)
Year of composition 1963 (Search)
Musical FormSeveral connected movements (Search)
Original LanguageEnglish (Search)
Score Source
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Difficulty LevelPro (Search)
Catalog DesignationOp. 39 (Search)
Voice part suggested by composerSoprano
Range: C4 - Bb5 (Search)
Premiered ByMartina Arroyo, soprano; Thomas Schippers, conductor; New York Philharmonic (Search)
Commissioned ByNew York Philharmonic in celebration of its inaugural season at Lincoln Center (Search)
Trivial or Important references and connectionsText from The Tro­jan Women by Euripi­des, in a trans­la­tion made at the composer’s request by John Patrick Creagh. There is a painting of this scene by Jacques-Louis David: (Search)
Recommended Printed SourceG. Schirmer, #ST45467 (Search)
Orchestra and voice?Yes (Search)
Sources CitedHeyman, B. (2012). Samuel Barber : A thematic catalogue of the complete works. New York: Oxford University Press.; (Search)
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