Program for a performance of The Mother of Us All at the Phoenix Theatre in New York, "Monday Evenings, April 16 and April 23, 1956," conducted by Thomson. Signed in full by the composer
by THOMSON, Virgil 1896-1989
The Mother of Us All, an opera to a libretto by Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), was first performed in New York at Columbia University's Brander Matthews Hall on May 7, 1947. Thomson's "all-American" musical idiom, "a mostly diatonic quilt of marches, waltzes and hymns from his Southern Baptist Missouri heritage," and Stein's "greater willingness to reach out to the general public are in surer synchronization, combining to make an opera of truly sophisticated refinement and popular appeal. As Thomson himself said, ‘It's foolproof work'." John Rockwell in Grove Music Online.. Ca. 262 x 152. With named cast and production lists.Slightly worn; creased at folds and slightly overall; three pinholes to upper margin; lower margin very slightly trimmed. (Inventory #: 23378)
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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