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Virgil Thomson : composer on the aisle

Author: Anthony Tommasini
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In the first full-scale biography of a dominating figure in twentieth-century American music, Anthony Tommasini tells the richly textured story of Virgil Thomson's experiences as a composer, influential critic, and gay man. Writing with exclusive, full access to Thomson's papers and from extensive interviews and research, he recounts:. Thomson's early years in turn-of-the-century Kansas City's strange mixture of
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Virgil Thomson; Virgil Thomson; Virgil Thomson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Tommasini
ISBN: 0393040062 9780393040067 0393318583 9780393318586
OCLC Number: 35068259
Description: xiii, 605 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The Saint Teresa Incident --
This Business of Being Baptists --
Virgil Acquires a Mentor --
The Pansophist --
A Lovely War --
I Didn't Want to Be Queer --
Loneliness in Pleasure at Harvard --
Virgy Thomson in Paris --
The Man Who Would Not Fight --
Sherry, George, Gertrude, Alice, and Susie --
Maurice --
Four Saints Are Never Three --
American Music Agitators --
The Flowers of Friendship --
Contacts and Contracts --
A Knockout and a Wow --
The Commando Squad --
Who Does What to Whom and Who Gets Paid --
The Trib --
329 Pacific Street --
What Is the Question? --
Politics and Prizes --
Roger --
It's a Soft Egg, Baby! --
A Lord, a Genius, a Millionaire, and a Beauty --
Making Young Friends --
The Absence of the Presence --
All My Long Life.
Responsibility: Anthony Tommasini.

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In the first full-scale biography of a dominating figure in twentieth-century American music, Anthony Tommasini tells the richly textured story of Virgil Thomson's experiences as a composer, influential critic, and gay man. Writing with exclusive, full access to Thomson's papers and from extensive interviews and research, he recounts:. Thomson's early years in turn-of-the-century Kansas City's strange mixture of antebellum racial divides...his first steps in the arts,

guided by a troubled older man, himself a closeted homosexual in a time when disclosure could destroy a life... the crystallizing of his musical ambitions as an often-contentious student of Nadia Boulanger's in Paris...his pioneering collaboration with Gertrude Stein on Four Saints in Three Acts...his rivalry with fellow composers such as Aaron Copland...how he settled personal scores and advanced his own agenda during his reign on the New York Herald Tribune as.

America's most important, and best, music critic...his lasting impact on, and sometimes troubled interactions with, younger composers such as Leonard Bernstein, John Cage, Paul Bowles, Ned Rorem, and Philip Glass...and through it all the unending struggle to write, and win an audience for, music that spoke directly and simply to the life of his time.

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