Gems of the Past – Samuel Barber's 'Medea'

Gems of the Past – Samuel Barber's 'Medea'
Medea Sarkophag, Altes Museum
Based on Euripides' tragedy 'Medea,' the dance drama 'Cave of the Heart' offers a timely warning about the dangers of underestimating wronged women and immigrants.
Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times

The emotive dramatic power and relentless drive of Samuel Barber's Medea — Cave of the Heart awaits your reinterpretation. Originally created for the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1947, Barber's score is the result of his complete immersion in the complex and ever reverberating meanings of myth. 

'Medea concerns aspects of the problem that always was a compelling interest of Barber — possessive, destructive love that feeds upon itself. Jealousy is the motor force behind this powerful, aggressive score; the work is an act of catharsis for audience and composer alike'.
— Paul Wittke 

Medea — Cave of the Heart (1947) - 29 Minutes
Orchestration: 1(pic).1(ca).1.1/1000/pf/str (11 or more players) 
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Related works 
Medea's Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a (1955) - 14 Minutes
Orchestration: 3(pic).2+ca.2+Ebcl+bcl.2+cbn/4331/timp.3[+]perc/
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Medea's Dance of Vengeance (1955), Wind Ensemble - 14 Minutes
Orchestration: 3+2pic.2+ca.4+Ebcl+acl+bcl+Ebcbcl.2asx+tsx+barsx.2+cbn/

Medea: Suite for Orchestra, Op 23 (1947) - 23 Minutes

Orchestration: 2(pic).2(ca).2.2/2[+2].2.2.0/timp.3perc/
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