Composer: Samuel Osmond Barber II
Dates: 9 March 1910 – 23 January 1981
Title of Piece: Adagio for Strings
Brief Biography: Barber was a composer of orchestral, piano, choral and opera. He won the Pulitzer Prize for music twice. He spent many years in isolation due to a harsh rejection and suffered from severe depression and alcoholism. Barber was actively composing for over fifty years until he was almost 70.