Samuel Barber will long be remembered for his enduring contribution to cultural life.

He was born in Pennsylvania in 1910 to a musical family, and began composing at age seven. At fourteen, he entered the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied voice, piano and composition. While there, he met the young Italian composer, Carlos Menotti, with whom he formed a lifelong personal and professional relationship. They traveled throughout Europe together in the 1930s.

In 1958, Barber received his first Pulitzer Prize for his opera, "Vanessa," in which Menotti wrote the libretto. In 1962, Barber's "Piano Concerto" garnered him his second Pulitzer Prize. He will long be remembered for his intensely lyrical "Adagio for Strings," which has become one of the most recognizable classical compositions in history.

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This Rainbow Minute was read by Dustin Richardson.

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