Basic Details

Title
Four Saints in Three Acts
Availability
Available
Category
Opera
Instrumentation
Solo Voices: S, Mz, A, T, Bar, B; 2s, 2A, 2T, Bar, B; Mixed chorus [SATB]; Dancers; 1.1.2.1-2.1.1.0-2 perc-accordion.harm-str
Duration
90'
Publisher
G. Schirmer Inc.
First Publisher
Music Press
Premiere
  • World: Avery Memorial Hall, Hartford, CT, February 8th, 1934
Edition/Catalog #
MUSA 18
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Cataloging Information

Copyright
©2006 G. Schirmer
Year Composed
1928
Year Published
1948
M.S. Location
The Virgil Thomson Papers at Irving S. Gilmore Music Library at Yale University
Cardell Number
n/a
Meckna Number
W1

Additional Info

Notes

Opera in four acts with two prologues

Libretto by Gertrude Stein

Scenario by Maurice Grosser

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Original Cast and Role Information

Original Cast and Role Information

RolePremiere CastFach
St. Teresa IBeatrice Robinson-WayneSoprano
St. Teresa IIBruce HowardCountertenor
St. Ignatius LoyolaEdward MatthewsBaritone
St. ChavezEmbry BonnerTenor
St. SettlementSoprano
CompèreAbner DorseyBass
CommereAltonell HinesMezzo-soprano
St. StephenTenor
St. PlanRandolph RobinsonBass
St. SarahMezzo-soprano
Chorus of Named Saints (Act II)
St. AbsalomTenor
St. CeciliaSoprano
St. LawrenceBass
St. CelestineMezzo-soprano
St. JanBass
St. AnneMezzo-soprano
St. AnswersMezzo-soprano
St. GenevieveSoprano
St. EustaceBaritone
St. VincentSpeaking Role
St. PhillipBaritone
St. PlacideBass
Tenor SoloTenor
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Four Saints in Three Acts - Excerpts

Excerpts and works related to "Four Saints in Three Acts"

"Saints' Procession" (from Act III) for chorus (SATB) and pf. with solos for mezzo-soprano and bass (1928; G. Schirmer), or for men's chorus (TTBB) (ms.; See W72)

"Pigeons on the Grass Alas" (from Act III) for baritone and piano or for baritone and orchestra (1934; G. Schirmer; See W124)

Arranged by Paul Reuter as "Four Saints: an Olio for Chamber Orchestra," rev. version by Thomson (1984; G. Schirmer; See W59)

Also formerly available in abridged (45 min.) version (G. Schirmer)

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