Talk:Capricorn Concerto

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In the booklet that accompanies NAXOS 8.559135 Samuel Barber "Capricorn Concerto" it states "Allegedly each member of the Capricorn household, Barber, Menotti, and Chip, Menotti's adopted son, is represented by a theme."

but checking in Wikipedias own article on Chip Menotti, Chip was born in 1938, and would have been a young child at this point. It was in the 1960s that Menotti started working with Chip, and 1974 before Chip was adopted.

The weasal word "Allegedly" in this case seems to be a writer's fantasy. Was Chip really part of the Barber/Menotti household in Capricorn in the years 1943-1944??

The same NAXOS booklet has Samuel Barber "Born and raised in Westchester, an upscale suburb of New York City." I believe Mr Barber was really closer to the neighborhood of Philadelphia. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Diaphora (talkcontribs) 14:11, 11 October 2009 (UTC)


In "Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music" by Barbara Heyman, Oxford U Press, 1992 ISBN19-506650-2, page 244. "The title of the concerto led some to seek extramusical events in the score. [...] to Sidney Homer's query whether there was a program, Barber wrote, "there is no program for Capricorn Concerto. Just cheerful noises!" A curious article in a Philadelphia newspaper, however announced that residents of Capricorn were represented in the concerto and offered as proof facsimilies of the copyist's score with programmatic captions" Heyman's footnote give the source for this as Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 18 Jan 1947. "the source of the manuscript is not revealed. Holographs at the Library of Congress present no evidence of such titles." According to the Philadelphia article the three people represented were Barber, Menotti, and Horan [a guest in residence at the time]. I don't see pushing on this issue, just let it be abstract music. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Diaphora (talkcontribs) 19:27, 20 October 2009 (UTC)