Small quarto. Original publisher's wrappers with photographic reproductions of bust-length portraits of Thomson and Stein to upper. 24 pp.
Slightly worn and browned.
An opera in a prologue and four acts to a libretto by Gertrude Stein with scenario by Maurice Grosser, Four Saints in Three Acts was first performed at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut on February 8, 1934.
"Despite its infrequency of performance, Four Saints and Thomson’s music in general have risen steadily in prestige, especially since the waning of total serialism among American academic composers after the 1970s. Thomson’s style is seen now as an anticipation not just of minimalism, but of the entire movement towards simplicity, accessibility and vernacular inspiration that has defined composition in the 1980s and 90s." John Rockwell in Grove Music Online.
"In 1952 Virgil Thomson chose [the noted American soprano Leontyne Price] for a Broadway revival of his opera Four Saints in Three Acts; thereafter she was immediately engaged as Bess in a new production of Gershwin’s opera at the Ziegfeld Theatre (1953) and on a two-year world tour." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.
A very early Leontyne Price program. Item #24666
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