Samuel Barber

1910 - 1981

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Samuel Osmond Barber II (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was an American composer, pianist, conductor, baritone, and music educator, and one of the most celebrated composers of the mid-20th century. Principally influenced by nine years' composition studies with Rosario Scalero at the Curtis Institute and more than 25 years' study with his uncle, the composer Sidney Homer, Barber's music usually eschewed the experimental trends of musical modernism in favor of traditional 19th-century harmonic language and formal structure embracing lyricism and emotional expression. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Barber has received more than 1,538,088 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Samuel Barber is the 184th most popular composer (up from 193rd in 2019), the 823rd most popular biography from United States (up from 854th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Composer.

Samuel Barber is most famous for composing the "Adagio for Strings" in 1936.

Memorability Metrics

  • 1.5M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 63.83

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 48

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.12

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.94

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Samuel Barbers by language

Over the past year Samuel Barber has had the most page views in the with 206,516 views, followed by French (29,861), and German (27,811). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Greek (136.61%), Latin (105.69%), and Esperanto (78.42%)


Among composers, Samuel Barber ranks 184 out of 1,451Before him are Luciano Berio, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Francesco Cavalli, Giuseppe Torelli, Philip Glass, and Sigismond Thalberg. After him are Leonardo Vinci, Louis Spohr, Scott Joplin, Eduard Strauss, Karol Szymanowski, and Andrea Luchesi.

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Among people born in 1910, Samuel Barber ranks 30Before him are Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Helenio Herrera, Archer Martin, Nathuram Godse, Ludwig Stumpfegger, and Michel Aflaq. After him are Kurt Meyer, Jean Anouilh, Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, William Hanna, Joseph Kasa-Vubu, and William Shockley. Among people deceased in 1981, Samuel Barber ranks 24Before him are Joe Louis, Omar Bradley, Harold Urey, Mohammad-Ali Rajai, Marcel Breuer, and William Saroyan. After him are A. J. Cronin, Karl Böhm, Miroslav Krleža, Georges Brassens, Max Delbrück, and Abel Gance.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Samuel Barber ranks 823 out of 20,380Before him are Carl Barks (1901), William H. Macy (1950), Philip Glass (1937), Arthur Ashkin (1922), William Howard Stein (1911), and Robert Downey Jr. (1965). After him are Jonas Salk (1914), Howard Hawks (1896), Nikki Sixx (1958), Tim Robbins (1958), Dick Fosbury (1947), and Mark Zuckerberg (1984).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Samuel Barber ranks 7Before him are Leonard Bernstein (1918), John Williams (1932), George Gershwin (1898), John Cage (1912), Henry Mancini (1924), and Philip Glass (1937). After him are Scott Joplin (1868), Steve Reich (1936), Angelo Badalamenti (1937), James Horner (1953), Jerry Goldsmith (1929), and Alan Silvestri (1950).