Thomson and Stein: Four Saints in Three Acts
Series: American Music Publisher: A-R Editions, American Musicological Society
Four Saints in Three Acts
Edited by H. Wiley Hitchcock, Charles Fussell
MU18/A064 Thomson and Stein: Four Saints in Three Acts
978-0-89579-629-5 Full Score (2008) 9x12, lv + 447 pp.
With music by Virgil Thomson and a libretto by Gertrude Stein, Four Saints in Three Acts was completed in 1928 but waited almost six years for its first performances. After a week’s run in Hartford, Connecticut in February 1934, it moved to New York where—with some sixty performances in six weeks—it became the longest-running opera that Broadway up to that time had experienced.
This critical edition by H. Wiley Hitchcock and Charles Fussell features the scenario by Maurice Grosser and is based on the full score that Thomson commissioned from copyist Ben Weber for his 1947–48 revision; it includes the thirty-two-measure orchestral prelude to the act 2 "Dance of the Angels," and it makes comparisons primarily to the manuscript scores held at the Library of Congress and Yale University. The critical apparatus applies as much to the music as to the Stein text, the principal source for which is the 1929 first publication.