Gertrude and Virginia (Fine, Vivian)
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|Work Title||Gertrude and Virginia: a Dialogue between Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf, using their own words|
|Year/Date of Composition||1981|
|First Performance||1981-06-08, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City. Rosalind Rees, soprano, Kimball Wheeler, mezzo-soprano, Virgil Blackwell, clarinet, Lewis Paer, double bass, Sarah Tenney and Daniel Levitan, percussion, and Vivian Fine, conductor.|
|Librettist||Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf|
|Average Duration||9 minutes|
|Instrumentation||Soprano, mezzo-soprano or contralto, clarinet, percussion (2 players), piano, double bass|
|Related Works||The Women in the Garden|
Gertrude and Virginia is a rescoring with a reduced instrumental ensemble of Scene 6 of Fine’s chamber opera The Women in the Garden (pp 73 - 88 of the typeset score). Note that scene divisions do not appear in the original score; they were added by the composer for performance purposes.
…a whimsical dialogue between the two writers, Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf. Miss Fine’s touch was unfailingly light.
- —Bernard Holland, The New York Times, June 11, 1981