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Prepare for Saints

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Prepare for Saints by Steven Watson
Sep 05, 2012 | ISBN 9780307822734

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Advance praise for Prepare for Saints:

"This heroic, pathbreaking generation vitally shaped the tastes of this century. Steven Watson has set America’s modernists down in these pages with vivid accuracy."–Philip Johnson

"Like the Seven Wonders of the World, Four Saints in Three Acts is a one-shot deal, coming from nowhere, producing no offspring, and remaining today–after seventy years–one of a kind. It has even been argued that Four Saints is America’s first and only opera. What Steven Watson stresses, in this sociological biography of a work of art, is that Four Saints represents a joining not just of words with music but of well-heeled all-white bohemians with all-black semi-professional vocalists. For myself, old enough to have known many of the participants, the effect is of intense nostalgia by association."–Ned Rorem, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer

"The indispensable guide to the indispensable American opera. Steven Watson fords modernist waters low and high with intrepidity, charm, and skill. He tells a good story, and he brings Gertrude Stein to life."–Wayne Koestenbaum, author of The Queen’s Throat

"A stylish, engaging, and knowing history of a great artistic collaboration that continues to change our minds."–Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic

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