The grieving Adagio was originally written for his 1936 string quartet, Op. 11. It is played at the funerals of F.D.R., Einstein, J.F.K and Princess Grace. It’s heard in Oscar-winning 1986 film Platoon#143, and in 2001 Jeunet 2001 film Amelie#50. with ‘Desiderata’
Barber’s 1931 The School for Scandal, a lively overture for a play by 18th-century Irish playwright Richard Sheridan, is another popular work. His Piano Concerto Op. 38, which premiered in NYC on Sep. 24, 1962, won him a second Pulitzer Prize for Music.
See also: List of compositions by Samuel Barber