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Roger Sessions

Influential modernist

Born December 28, 1896, Brooklyn, New York
Died March 16, 1985, Princeton, New Jersey
About Roger Sessions

Although many musicians and composers consider Roger Sessions to be one of this country's most important composers, his brilliant but sometimes difficult music is not well known by the operagoing public. His opera Montezuma, considered by some his finest work, deserves the increased attention it has received in recent years.

  • Lancelot and Elaine
    Libretto after after Tennyson.
    composed c. 1910
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
    Libretto by T.S. Eliot after the short story by Edgar Allan Poe.
    composed c. 1925
  • The Trial of Lucullus, Opera in one act
    Libretto after the translation by H.R. Hays of the play by Bertolt Brecht.
    April 18, 1947, Berkeley, California
  • Montezuma, opera in three acts
    Libretto by G. A. Borgese.
    April 19, 1964, Berlin, Germany
  • The Emperor's New Clothes
    Libretto by A. Porter.

Other Selected Works
  • Idyll of Theocritus, monodrama for soprano (1954)
  • When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, cantata (1971)

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Roger Sessions at Amazon.com

Roger Sessions

When Lilacs Lasst in the Dooryard Bloom'd (cantata)

Quivar, Boston Symphony/Ozawa

CD / New World 80296 (1992)

Bibliography Search for books by and about Roger Sessions at Amazon.com

Frederik Prausnitz

Roger Sessions: How a Difficult Composer Got That Way

Oxford University Press 2002

Andrea Olmstead, ed.

The Correspondence of Roger Sessions

Northeastern University Press 1997

Roger Sessions

Roger Sessions on Music: Collected Essays

Princeton University Press 1979

Roger Sessions

Last update: January 1, 2009