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The state of music.

Author: Virgil Thomson
Publisher: New York, Vintage Books [1962]
Series: A Vintage book, V-214
Edition/Format:   Book : English : [2d ed., rev.]View all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Virgil Thomson
OCLC Number: 729029
Description: 226 pages 19 cm.
Contents: A 1961 preface --
Our island home, or what it feels like to be a musician --
The neighbors, or chiefly about painters and painting --
Survivals of an earlier civilization, or shades of poets dead and gone --
Life among the natives, or musical habits and customs --
Life in the big city, or the civil status of musicians --
How composers eat, or who does what to whom and who gets paid --
Why compoers write how, or the economic determinism of musical style --
Composers' politics, or professional bodies versus the secular state --
Intellectual freedom, or what can and cannot be censored --
How to write a piece, or functional design in music --
Back to the womb, James, or how modern music gets that way --
Back to politics, or how to run an island civilization --
A 1961 postlude.
Series Title: A Vintage book, V-214

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