An all African-American cast gave the first productions of this opera, because Thomson wanted clear American speech. Thomson had set three songs to Stein 's texts before attempting this opera. Track Listing - Disc 1. Title/Composer. 1. A Narrative of Prepare for Saints.
Four Saints in Three Acts is an opera by American composer Virgil Thomson with a libretto by Gertrude Stein. Written in 1927-8, it contains about 20 saints, and is in at least four acts. It was ground breaking for form, content, and its all-black cast, with singers directed by Eva Jessye, a prominent black choral director, and supported by her choir.
Publisher: G. Schirmer. Four Saints in Three Acts (1934). Libretto by Gertrude Stein. Synopsis: Fictional but typical incidents from the lives of St. Teresa of Avila and St. Ignatius Loyola and of imaginary St. Settlement and St. Chavez.
Stein completed the libretto in 1927, and Thomson finished the piano score in 1928; the score was orchestrated in 1933 and published in 1934, and the opera was first. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. More About Four Saints in Three Acts. 3 references found in Britannica articles. In opera: United States. discussed in biography.
A Narrative of Prepare for Saints. Act IV: The Sisters and Saints Reassembled and Reenacting Why They Went.
3 Tommasini, Anthony, Virgil Thomson: Composer on the Aisle (New York: W. W. Norton, 1997), 6–7. 4 Alenier, The Steiny Road to Operadom, emphasis added. Harris's article has some twenty images, most of them from the 1934 production, whereas the 1948 vocal score only has eight. Recommend this journal.
Track List - Disc 1
|1||A Narrative of Prepare for Saints Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||10:42|
|2||Act I: St. Teresa Half Indoors and Half Out of Doors/Tableau I Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||5:46|
|3||Act I: St. Teresa II with Dove, Being Photographed by St. Settlement Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||1:56|
|4||Act I: St. Teresa II Seated, St. Ignatius, Kneeling, Plays Guitar Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||2:41|
|5||Act I: St. Ignatius Presents Flowers to St. Teresa II Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||3:26|
|6||Act I: St. Ignatius Showing to St. Teresa II the Model Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||3:25|
|7||Act I: St. Teresa II in Ecstasy, Seated, with Angel Hovering Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||3:01|
|8||Act I: St. Teresa II, with Halo, Pretending to Hold a Baby in Her Arms Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||4:21|
Track List - Disc 2
|1||Act II: Might It Be Mountains If It Were Not Barcelona Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||4:55|
|2||Act II: Dance of the Angels Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||4:26|
|3||Act II: Love Scene Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||11:14|
|4||Act III: Barcelona, St. Ignatius and One of Two Literally Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||4:01|
|5||Act III: Vision of Holy Ghost Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||12:21|
|6||Act III: Storm in Miniature, Without Rain Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||1:12|
|7||Act III: St. Ignatius Predicts the Last Judgement Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||2:09|
|8||Act III: Saint's Procession Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||6:56|
|9||Intermezzo Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||1:35|
|10||Prologue to Act IV Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||1:53|
|11||Act IV: The Sisters and Saints Reassembled and Reenacting Why They Went Virgil Thomson||Virgil Thomson||3:47|
Performer: Virgil Thomson
Title: Four Saints in Three Acts (1934)
Recording date: November, 1981
Style: Modern Composition
Size MP3: 1514 mb
Size FLAC: 1931 mb
Rating: 4.7 / 5
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