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Maurice Grosser (October 23, 1903 - December 22, 1986)

Critic and composer Virgil Thomson was a pioneer in creating a specifically American form of classical music that is at once "serious" yet whimsically sardonic. He is best known as Gertrude Stein’s collaborator in two operas, Four Saints in Three Acts (1934) and The Mother of Us All (1947). In 1925, in Paris, he cemented a relationship with painter Maurice Grosser, who was to become his life partner and frequent collaborator; for example, Grosser directed Four Saints in Three Acts and devised the scenario for The Mother of Us All; though Grosser stated that other scenarios were equally possible, his scenario is published in the printed score. In many ways, Thomson lived an openly gay life. He and Grosser lived at the Hotel Chelsea, where he presided over a largely gay salon that attracted many of the leading figures in music and art and theater, including Leonard Bernstein, Tennesse Williams, and many others. He also encouraged many younger composers and literary figures such as Ned Rorem, Lou Harrison, John Cage, Frank O'Hara, and Paul Bowles. Thomson died on September 30, 1989, only three years after the death of Grosser.

Timeline & Places:

• October 23, 1903: born.

• 1925 to 1986: lived at Hotel Chelsea, 222 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011, Stati Uniti, sharing with Virgil Thomson (November 25, 1896 – September 30, 1989)

• December 22, 1986: died. Buried at Maple Hill Cemetery, 202 Maple Hill St SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, Stati Uniti

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