The Mother of Us All. together with the scenario by Maurice Grosser. [Piano-vocal score]

THOMSON, Virgil 1896-1989

Published by Music Press, Inc. [PN M.P.I. 500] [October 1946-March 1947], New York, 1947
Soft cover

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Folio. Original decorative wrappers by R. Pontabry printed in black and yellow on gray. 1f. (half-title), 1f. (recto title, verso with reproduction photograph of Gertrude Stein by Carl van Vechten), 1f. (recto reproduction photograph of Virgil Thomson by Carl van Vechten), [9] (dedication), 10-157, [i] (blank), [i] (limitation statement), [i] (blank) pp. Wrappers very slightly worn. First Edition, limited to 1,000 copies. "[Thomson's] most important work in the 1940s was his second opera, The Mother of Us All, text by Gertrude Stein, again with a scenario by Maurice Grosser. Thomson wrote it on commission from the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, completing it in 1947, and seeing it produced for the first time on May 7, 1947, in New York.The Mother of Us All has become an American classic. Since its premiere it has had several thousand performances in American opera houses, churches, colleges and various semi-professional groups." Ewen: American Composers, pp. 665-666.". over time [The Mother of Us All] became Thomson's most performed work. In a 1984 column for the New Yorker, the critic Andrew Porter wrote that every time he hears The Mother of Us All he is "tempted to consider it the best of all American operas" and, on calm reflection, would "hardly modify that beyond 'one of the three best.'" Anthony Tommasini and Richard Jackson in Grove Music Online. Bookseller Inventory # 25181

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Title: The Mother of Us All. together with the ...

Publisher: Music Press, Inc. [PN M.P.I. 500] [October 1946-March 1947], New York

Publication Date: 1947

Binding: Soft cover

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