Lord Byron English and German texts. [Piano-vocal score]
by THOMSON, Virgil 1896-1989
New York: Southern Music Publishing [PN SMP 2285-291], 1975. FIrst Edition, limited to 1,000 copies."Thomson's third and final opera was Lord Byron, with a libretto by the American poet, playwright, and actor Jack Larson, who will always be known best for his first career: during the 1950s he played Jimmy Olsen on the television series 'The Adventures of Superman'. Thomson and Larson worked on the project for seven years. The Metropolitan Opera commissioned it and tried out scenes in a 1969 private performance for invited guests in a studio at the Met with just piano accompaniment. Rudolf Bing, the general manager at the time, was not enthusiastic. Thomson accepted an offer from the Juilliard School to present the première, which took place there in 1972, and met with a mixed reception. That Lord Byron, his most ambitious work, was not a success was the greatest disappointment of Thomson's career. He revised the score, trimmed it, and fashioned its three acts into two. But this actually undermined the flow and continuity of the music.""Lord Byron has strong champions, including the scholar Richard Jackson, who wrote in an entry for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music (1986) that the opera has 'a seriousness of tone, a comparative richness of texture, and a lyrical expansiveness seldom encountered' in Thomson's earlier works. With its emotional content, he added, the opera 'rises to moments of real passion.'" Anthony Tommasini in Grove Music Online.. Folio. Original publisher's olive green wrappers illustrated by Robert Indiana. [i] (title), [ii] (cover artist), iii-iv (synopsis in English), v-vi (synopsis in German), vii (original cast), viii (instrumentation), 1f. (blank), 3-293, [i] (portrait of Thomson), [i] (colophon), [i] (blank) pp.Wrappers very slightly worn. (Inventory #: 27400)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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