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Thomson, Virgil 1896-1989

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American music since 1910 by Virgil Thomson( Book )
35 editions published between 1970 and 1972 in 3 languages and held by 1,446 libraries worldwide
The mother of us all by Virgil Thomson( Sound Recording )
49 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 945 libraries worldwide
The mother of us all: opera in two acts. Libretto: Gertrude Stein
Music with words : a composer's view by Virgil Thomson( Book )
10 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 937 libraries worldwide
This is a group of essays about vocal music, as composers face the writing of it, especially to English words and about the union of poetry and music
The art of judging music by Virgil Thomson( Book )
27 editions published between 1941 and 1969 in English and held by 911 libraries worldwide
The state of music by Virgil Thomson( Book )
41 editions published between 1939 and 2016 in English and held by 854 libraries worldwide
Virgil Thomson had already established himself as one of the nation's leading composers when he published The State of Music (1939), 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 of 1962, surveys the challenges confronting the American composer in a hide-bound world where performance and broadcast outlets are controlled by institutions shocked by the new and suspicious of homegrown talent. For Aaron Copland, The State of Music was not just "the most original book on music that America has produced," but "the wittiest, the most provocative, the best written."
The musical scene by Virgil Thomson( Book )
28 editions published between 1945 and 1968 in English and German and held by 846 libraries worldwide
The plow that broke the plains ; The river ( visu )
12 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 822 libraries worldwide
The plow that broke the plains (1936) is a short documentary film which shows what happened to the Great Plains region of the United States and Canada when uncontrolled agricultural farming led to the Dust Bowl. It was written and directed by Pare Lorentz. Lorentz worked on the film with composer Virgil Thomson, who shared Lorentz's enthusiasm for folk music and incorporated many folk melodies, along with other popular and religious music, into the soundtrack. The film was narrated by the American baritone Thomas Hardie Chalmers. The film was sponsored by the United States government (Resettlement Administration) to raise awareness about the New Deal and was intended to cost $6,000 or less; it eventually cost over $19,000 and Lorentz, turning in many receipts written on various scraps of paper, had many of his reimbursements denied and paid for much of the film himself. Lorentz later faced criticism for appearing to blame westward bound settlers for the ecological crisis by having eroded the soil of the Plains with unrestrained farming (and one of his photographers, Arthur Rothstein, was criticized for moving a skull from one location to another in the Dust Bowl to shoot it and for other stagings in the film), but the film nonetheless succeeded in driving home the message of the severity of the problem caused by the misuse of land. Virgil Thomson compiled a concert suite from his original score, which has been performed and recorded. One of the earliest recordings was for Vanguard Records with Leopold Stokowski conducting the Symphony of the Air; the original stereo LP also included a suite from Thomson's score for another Lorentz documentary, The River. In 1999, The Plow That Broke the Plains was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"
Music, right and left by Virgil Thomson( Book )
15 editions published between 1951 and 1969 in English and held by 718 libraries worldwide
Louisiana story by Robert Joseph Flaherty( visu )
26 editions published between 1943 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 650 libraries worldwide
Through the eyes of a young Cajun boy living on the Bayou, tells the story of disruption and change when an oil rig brings industry into his pristine world
Four saints in three acts : an opera by Virgil Thomson( score )
25 editions published between 1948 and 1970 in 4 languages and held by 563 libraries worldwide
McKonkey's Ferry ; Symphony no. 4 ; Symphony no. 6 by Virgil Thomson( Sound Recording )
13 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in No Linguistic Content and Undetermined and held by 561 libraries worldwide
The mother of us all by Virgil Thomson( score )
25 editions published between 1947 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 543 libraries worldwide
The state of music & other writings by Virgil Thomson( Book )
2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 488 libraries worldwide
"In this second volume in the Library of America's definitive Virgil Thomson edition, Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page collects for the first time the great composer's four witty, incisive, and compulsively readable full-length works. Written with authority and élan, these classic books offer an engrossing tour of the tumultuous twentieth-century musical scene and Thomson's extraordinary career as one of the nation's foremost cultural critics. The volume opens with The state of music (1939), the book that made Thomson's 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 of 1962, surveys the challenges confronting the American composer attacks 'the philanthropic persons in control of our institutions' who were suspicious of new works by homegrown talent. For Aaron Copland, The state of music was not just 'the most original book on music that America has produced,' but 'the wittiest, the most provocative, the best written.' The best-selling autobiography Virgil Thomson (1966) is a gossipy tale of one musician's progress from unteachable smart aleck to revered elder statesman. It tells of an artistically precocious Kansas City boyhood, a demanding Harvard education, an apprenticeship in Paris between the wars, and a hard-won musical and literary maturity in New York. As narrator and protagonist, Thomson fascinates not only with his own story but also with those of his associates, collaborators, friends, and rivals, among them Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Nadia Boulanger, George Antheil, Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Max Jacob, Pare Lorentz, John Houseman, and Orson Welles. Virgil Thomson is an authentic work of Americana and a first-rate, first-person history of the rise of modernism. American Music Since 1910 (1971) 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, Edgar Varèse, and John Cage. Thomson's final book, Music with Words (1989), is one that he was born to write: a handbook for composers on the fine art of musical prosody, the setting of texts to music. Rounding out the volume are thirty-two essays, speeches, and reviews--most of them previously uncollected--on subjects including Leonard Bernstein, Paul Bowles, The New Grove Dictionary, and the jazz scene of the 1970s"--From publisher's web site (www.loa.org)
String quartet no. 1 by Virgil Thomson( score )
44 editions published between 1944 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 469 libraries worldwide
Stabat Mater : for soprano and string quartet by Virgil Thomson( score )
33 editions published between 1933 and 1981 in 5 languages and held by 464 libraries worldwide
Four saints in three acts : [Words by Gertrude Stein] by Virgil Thomson( Sound Recording )
38 editions published between 1947 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 458 libraries worldwide
Early and as remembered by Virgil Thomson( file )
3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 444 libraries worldwide
Four saints in three acts : an opera to be sung by Virgil Thomson( Book )
20 editions published between 1929 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 419 libraries worldwide
Virgil Thomson by Virgil Thomson( Book )
19 editions published between 1966 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Virgil Thomson : music chronicles, 1940-1954 by Virgil Thomson( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
When, in October 1940, the New York Herald Tribune named the composer Virgil Thomson (1896-1989) 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 America's musical avant-garde and a maverick writer who delighted in unmasking the timidity, amateurism, and artistic pretensions of New York's music establishment. But controversy--together with wit, good writing, and critical authority--was exactly what the Herald Tribune was looking for. "Only such an assumption can explain," Thomson later concluded, "why a musician so little schooled in daily journalism, a composer so committed to the modern, and a polemicist so contemptuous as myself of music's power structure should have been offered a post of that prestige." in Virgil Thomson the Herald Tribune got its full share of controversy. It also got something American music journalism had not had before and has rarely had since: a critic who could describe from experience the sounds he hears, the presence and temperaments of the musician producing them, and the urgent matters of art, culture, tradition, talent, and taste that a musician's performance embodies, all in a signature style that charmed a wide readership. "Thomson was open to every stylistic persuasion," John Rockwell of The New York Times has written, and he "concerned himself with music that most music critics didn't consider music at all--jazz, folk, gospel. ... He wrote with enthusiasm and perception about the new music he liked, sweeping his readers along with him. By so doing, he built bridges--long dilapidated or never constructed--between music, the other arts, and the American intellectual community. Indeed, in his music and in his prose, he has given us as profound a vision of American culture as anyone has yet achieved." Music Chronicles 1940-1954 presents the best of Thomson's newspaper criticism as the author collected it in four books long out of print: The Musical Scene (1945), The Art of Judging Music (1948), Music Right and Left (1951), and Music Reviewed (1967). The volume is rounded out by a generous selection of other writings from the Herald Tribune years and, in an appendix, eight early essays in which Thomson announced the themes and developed the voice that would distinguish him as America's indispensable composer-critic.--
 
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Thompson, Virgil 1896-1989
Thomson, Irving 1896-1989
Thomson, V.
Thomson, V. 1896-1989
Thomson, V. (Virgil), 1896-1989
Thomson, Virgil Garnett
Thomson Virgil Garnett 1896-1989
Vergilius Thomson
Virgil Thomson Amerikaans dirigent (1896-1989)
Virgil Thomson amerikansk komponist
Virgil Thomson compositeur américain
Virgil Thomson compositor estadounidense
Virgil Thomson compositor estatunidenc
Virgil Thomson compositor y crítico estadounidense
Virgil Thomson compositore statunitense
Virgil Thomson compozitor american
Virgil Thomson US-amerikanischer Komponist
Томсон, Вирджил
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וירג'יל תומסון
וירג'יל תומסון מלחין אמריקאי
ویرجیل تامسون
ヴァージル・トムソン
トムソン
トムソン, ヴァージル
维吉尔·汤姆森
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French (21)
German (10)
Italian (1)
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