Born November 25, 1896, Kansas City, Missouri Died September 30, 1989, New York, New York
About Virgil Thomson
Possibly the most important operatic composer of the early twentieth century, Thomson's two collaborations with Gertrude Stein have overshadowed his final opera, Lord Byron. A fourth opera, based on Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, was never completed.
In addition to his compositions, Thomson's writings on music were highly influential to a generation of young composers.
Four Saints in Three Acts, opera in four acts Libretto by Gertrude Stein. February 8, 1934, Avery Theater, Hartford, Connecticut
The Duchess of Malfi Libretto after the play by John Webster. composed c. 1938 [incomplete]
The Mother Of Us All, opera in two acts Libretto by Gertrude Stein. May 7, 1947, Brander Matthews Hall, Columbia University, New York, New York
Lord Byron, opera in three acts and an epilogue Libretto by Jack Larson. April 20, 1972, The Julliard Theater, Lincoln Center, New York, New York