A Completed Portrait of Picasso
for Tenor, Violin, Cello, Bassoon, and Piano
A Completed Portrait of Picasso was commissioned and premiered by Golliard Ensemble for their 2003 national tour. The text of A Completed Portrait of Picasso is from Gertrude Stein’s poem of the same title. Stein was very good friends with Picasso, but began to feel that Picasso was being negatively influenced by his fame. The text in the composition is exactly as it is in the poem in that no word is repeated more or less times than in the poem, and no sentences have been moved from their original placement. It is with the deepest appreciation that I acknowledge the permission granted by the Estate of Gertrude Stein to the use of this text thorough its Literary Executor, Mr. Stanford Gann, Jr. of Levin & Gann, P.A.