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The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation (review)

The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation (review) book reVIeWS The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation. edited by Susan Holbrook and Thomas Dilworth. New York: oxford university Press, 2010. ISbN 978-0-19-538663-9. Hardback. Pp. viii, 336. $49.95. Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson were intimate friends, especially when they were working productively together. but they also experienced periods of rifts and divisions, usually resulting from their competing ambitions. The letters collected here, along with the thorough notes and supplemental materials provided by Susan Holbrook and Thomas Dilworth, describe in detail the fascinating collaborations of Stein and Thomson--two americans, living abroad in Paris, surrounded by avant-garde artists and literary figures, who came together to write songs and operas that had no precedent. Their opera Four Saints in Three Acts became a surprising popular success, despite its nonlinear approach to time and its lack of traditional character development. It had a run on broadway and even influenced New York fashion trends. Stein's and Thomson's letters reveal a great deal about how the opera came to be and document how eager they both were to promote it to a general audience. Holbrook and Dilworth's edition of the Stein-Thomson correspondence provides all of the letters and notes http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation (review)

American Music , Volume 29 (3) – Nov 12, 2011

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book reVIeWS The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation. edited by Susan Holbrook and Thomas Dilworth. New York: oxford university Press, 2010. ISbN 978-0-19-538663-9. Hardback. Pp. viii, 336. $49.95. Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson were intimate friends, especially when they were working productively together. but they also experienced periods of rifts and divisions, usually resulting from their competing ambitions. The letters collected here, along with the thorough notes and supplemental materials provided by Susan Holbrook and Thomas Dilworth, describe in detail the fascinating collaborations of Stein and Thomson--two americans, living abroad in Paris, surrounded by avant-garde artists and literary figures, who came together to write songs and operas that had no precedent. Their opera Four Saints in Three Acts became a surprising popular success, despite its nonlinear approach to time and its lack of traditional character development. It had a run on broadway and even influenced New York fashion trends. Stein's and Thomson's letters reveal a great deal about how the opera came to be and document how eager they both were to promote it to a general audience. Holbrook and Dilworth's edition of the Stein-Thomson correspondence provides all of the letters and notes

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Nov 12, 2011

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