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Virgil Thomson : a reader : selected writings, 1924-1984

Author: Virgil Thomson; Richard Kostelanetz
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2002.
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Virgil Thomson is recognized as one of the dominant music critics whose unique sensibility was informed by his ground-breaking work as a composer of the mid-20th century. Whether writing for a daily  Read more...

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Named Person: Virgil Thomson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Virgil Thomson; Richard Kostelanetz
ISBN: 0415937957 9780415937955
OCLC Number: 52893755
Description: xii, 290 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: (Auto)biography --
I. The life of music --
Life among the natives --
How composers eat --
Why composers write how --
Age without honor --
Masterpieces --
Conducting modern music --
The intellectual audience --
Conservative institution --
English at the Met --
Bigger than baseball --
The burning question --
On writing operas and staging them --
Music does not flow --
The New Grove ... --
II. Precursors --
Mozart's leftism --
The official Stravinsky --
Acquaintance with Wagner --
Fairy tale about music --
French music here [Erik Satie] --
[Edward] MacDowell's music --
[Carl] Ruggles --
Reactionary critic III. Contemporaries : performers --
Great music [Artur Rubinstein] --
Pipe-organ obsession [Leopold Stokowski] --
Master of distortion and exaggeration [Vladimir Horowitz] --
Silk-underwear music [Jascha Heifitz] --
The Toscanini case --
Violence and charm [Rudolf Firkusny] --
The Koussevitzky case --
In spite of conducting [Dimitri Mitropoulos] --
Jazz --
Swing music --
Sacred swing [gospel music] --
"La Môme" Piaf --
IV. Contemporaries : Composers --
George Gershwin --
[Charlie] Chaplin scores --
Star dust and spun steel [Anton Webern] --
Most melodious tears [Kurt Weill] --
Olivier Messiaen --
Music now --
Edgard Varèse, 1883-1965 --
Henry Cowell : by weight and by volume --
Aaron Copeland --
Notes on composers V. Contemporaries : publishers, artists, writers, and a museum director --
The paper [New York Herald Tribune] --
A war's end [modern music] --
Eugene Berman, 1899-1972 --
Leonid Berman, 1896-1976 --
Gertrude Stein --
On, Donald Sutherland --
Edwin Denby --
The friends and enemies of modern music [Everett "Chick" Austin] --
VI. Successors --
Expressive percussion [John Cage] --
Gian-Carlo Menotti --
The genius type [Pierre Boulez] --
A note regarding Lou Harrison --
Notes on composers --
VII. Autobiography --
Personal statement --
The music reviewer and his assignment --
Europe in America --
All roads lead to Paris --
Possibilities : V.T. questioned by 8 composers VIII. His own works --
On portraits and operas --
Four saints in three acts --
Sea piece with birds --
The Seine at night --
The feast of love.
Responsibility: edited by Richard Kostelanetz.
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