Virgil Thomson his life and music by Kathleen Hoover

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Published by Yoseloff in New York, London .

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  • Thomson, Virgil, -- 1896-

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Statementby Kathleen Hoover and John Cage.
ContributionsCage, John, 1912-
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Open LibraryOL13782245M

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Due to COVID, orders may be delayed. Thank you for your : Virgil Thomson. Virgil Thomson, the music critic who “managed to demystify an art that was often regarded as otherworldly” Major works: The State of Music • The Musical Scene • Virgil Thomson • “The Music Reviewer and His Assignment”.

Writing with exclusive, full access to Thomson's papers and from extensive interviews and research, he recounts. Thomson's early years in In the first full-scale biography of a dominating figure in 20th-century American music, Anthony Tommasini tells the richly-textured story of Virgil Thomson's experiences as a composer, influential critic, and gay man/5.

“In his music and his prose, Virgil Thomson perfected a whimsically deadpan sensibility.” – The Nation “ it is difficult to think of an American critic more lucid than Thomson, or, for that matter, a wittier one, or one who reads so well these many years later.” ­ - The New Criterion.

Virgil Thomson - American Composer. The highly anticipated new PBS documentary, Virgil Thomson: Creating the American Sound is close to wrapping up for an expected debut next project, started in by James Arnst and John Paulson, has gone through a long creation process full of ups and downs, from lack of funding to the new discoveries in the Harvard archives.

Thomson collected his newspaper columns in four volumes: The Musical Scene, The Art of Judging Music, Music Right and Left, and Music Reviewed. All are gathered here, together with a generous selection of Thomson’s uncollected : Library of America.

His autobiography, Virgil Thomson, was published in Among his other books are Music Revisited, –54 (), American Music Since (), and Selected Letters of Virgil Thomson ().

Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. Anthony Tommasini's book is based on his extensive interviews with Virgil Thomson, his examination of Thomson's manuscripts and documents, and his correspondences with over sixty subjects of Thomson portraits (the "still-available sitters," as Thomson called them).Cited by: 1.

A generally informative biography of the influential American composer Virgil Thomson book suffers, paradoxically, from its author's intimacy with his subject. Tommasini was teaching at Boston's Emerson College when he met Thomson in ; he wrote his dissertation on the composer's musical portraits and remained a friend until Thomson's death inaged Author: Anthony Tommasini.

e Four Saints in Three Acts is an opera by American composer Virgil Thomson with a libretto by Gertrude Stein. Written init contains about 20 saints, and is in at least four acts. The American composer and critic Virgil Thomson ( - ).

Photograph by Erich Auerbach / Getty One evening in the nineteen-eighties, the composer and critic Virgil Thomson. Virgil Thomson is the author of Music with Words ( avg rating, 7 ratings, 0 reviews, published ), Virgil Thomson Reader ( avg rating, 6 ratin 4/5. Virgil Thomson eBooks. Buy Virgil Thomson eBooks to read online or download in PDF or ePub on your PC, tablet or mobile device.

Virgil Thomson Reader book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers/5(6). Looking for books by Virgil Thomson. See all books authored by Virgil Thomson, including Music with Words: A Composer`s View, and The State of Music & Other Writings, and more on Virgil Thomson is an authentic work of Americana and a first-rate, first-person history of the rise of modernism.

American Music Since () is a pocket guide to the music of Thomson’s lifetime as told through brilliant biographical essays on its most accomplished makers, chief among them Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, Aaron Copland. Virgil Thomson was a gifted composer and one of the nation’s foremost cultural critics.

The best-selling autobiography Virgil Thomson () is his gossipy telling of his own extraordinary progress from unteachable smart aleck to revered elder statesman. It recounts his artistically precocious Kansas City boyhood, demanding Harvard education, apprenticeship in Paris between the wars, and.

The best way to describe my affinity for this book is that I agree with Virgil Thomson's assessment in the foreword to the edition.

He admits to sweeping generalizations - most of which are both hilarious and incendiary, but it is impossible for every joke to land - and to being a bit gratuitous when comparing and contrasting poetry, film, and especially painting to the art of music.4/5.

The Book of Virgil As the Library of America prepares to bring out Volume 1 of Virgil Thomson's selected music criticism, the project's editor, TIM PAGE, recalls the great man's wit, brilliance and fire.

© Betty Freeman/Lebrecht Music & Arts Critic and composer Virgil Thomson. When, in Octoberthe New York Herald Tribune named the composer Virgil Thomson (–) its chief music critic, the management of the paper braced itself for an uproar.

Perhaps best known for his collaboration with librettist Gertrude Stein on the whimsically nonsensical “anti-opera” Four Saints in Three Acts, Thomson was notorious among conservative concertgoers as a leader of.

The second volume, “Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings,” also under Mr. Page’s guidance, is made up of much longer works, including magazine articles and book reviews.

Virgil Thomson had personal or professional ties with many prominent persons, so he is well represented in numerous archival collections. Several of the most important of these are available at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, including: the Gertrude Stein and Alice B.

Toklas Papers (YCAL MSS 76), the Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Collection (YCAL MSS The State of Music by Virgil Thomson and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at Thomson, Virgil - AbeBooks Passion for books.

Virgil Thomson had already established himself as one of the nation’s leading composers when he published The State of Music (), the book that made his name as a writer and won him a fourteen-year stint as chief music reviewer at the New York Herald Tribune.

This feisty, often hilarious polemic, presented here in the extensively revised edition ofsurveys the challenges confronting. other books about virgil thomson: Review of " A Virgil Thomson Reader " By Virgil Thomson () "While his day lasted, [Thomson] wrote our best music criticism since the impassioned prose of novelist and essayist James Gibbons Huneker -- and perhaps Mr.

Thomson was even more effective than that enthusiastic propagandist in influencing the. Virgil Thomson - Composer and critic Virgil Thomson was a real musician’s musician. As a composer he created over compositions that skillfully melded indigenous and cosmopolitan influences, while as a writer and lecturer he devoted himself energetically to elevating musical standards and taste, to creating a wider public for classical music, and to creating a legacy of some of.

Genre/Form: Autobiographie Biographies Personal correspondence Biography Correspondence: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Thomson, Virgil, COVID Resources. Reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID) is available from the World Health Organization (current situation, international travel).Numerous and frequently-updated resource results are available from this ’s WebJunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle coronavirus.

Virgil Thomson facts: American composer, critic, and conductor Virgil Thomson () combined literary and musical erudition with simplicity, wit, and skill. Virgil Thomson was born in Kansas City, MO, on Nov. 25, He studied music theory, pi.

About Virgil Thomson. Virgil Thomson was a gifted composer and one of the nation’s foremost cultural critics. The best-selling autobiography Virgil Thomson () is his gossipy telling of his own extraordinary progress from unteachable smart aleck to revered elder statesman.

It recounts his artistically precocious Kansas City boyhood, demanding Harvard education, apprenticeship in Paris. When, in Octoberthe New York Herald Tribune named the composer Virgil Thomson () its chief music critic, the management of the paper braced itself for an uproar.

Perhaps best known for his collaboration with librettist Gertrude Stein on the whimsically nonsensical anti-opera Four Saints in Three Acts, Thomson was notorious among conservative concertgoers as/5.

The Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism in the concert music field was presented to Heidi Waleson for her book, Mad Scenes and Exit Arias: The Death of the New York City Opera and the Future of Opera in America, published by Metropolitan Books, a division of Henry Holt. The book is a wide-ranging narrative history of how and.

Genre/Form: Bibliographies Bibliography Discographies Discography: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Meckna, Michael. Virgil Thomson. New York: Greenwood. In Virgil Thomson published his first book, The State of Music, a polemic arguing that composers and other professionals must take control of the creation, performance, and distribution of music or it will become “a mere consumer commodity.”Previously, Thomson had been most famous for his collaboration with Gertrude Stein on the innovative opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, and his.

Genre/Form: Biographies Personal correspondence Autobiographie Biography: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Thomson, Virgil, Virgil Thomson.

About Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings (LOA #). An unprecedented collection of polemical and autobiographical writings by America’s greatest composer-critic. Following on the critically acclaimed edition of Virgil Thomson’s collected newspaper music criticism, The Library of America and Pulitzer Prize–winning music critic Tim Page now present Thomson’s other.

Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson, the creators of “The Mother of Us All,” looking at an earlier score. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Author: Anthony Tommasini.

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These artists are among the subjects of recently named winners of the 50th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music.

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