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Thomson, Virgil 1896-1989

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Most widely held works by Virgil Thomson
American music since 1910 by Virgil Thomson( Book )

29 editions published between 1970 and 1972 in English and German and held by 1,408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mother of us all by Virgil Thomson( Recording )

43 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text by Gertrude Stein Libretto
Music with words : a composer's view by Virgil Thomson( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 930 WorldCat member 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
A Virgil Thomson reader by Virgil Thomson( Book )

14 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The art of judging music by Virgil Thomson( Book )

27 editions published between 1941 and 1969 in English and held by 903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The state of music by Virgil Thomson( Book )

40 editions published between 1939 and 2016 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member 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 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plow that broke the plains ; The river by Virgil Thomson( )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music, right and left by Virgil Thomson( Book )

15 editions published between 1951 and 1969 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louisiana story by Robert Joseph Flaherty( Visual )

28 editions published between 1943 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 657 WorldCat member 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
The plow that broke the plains ; The river( Visual )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plow that broke the plains" depicts the social and economic history of the Great Plains from the settlement of the prairies by cattlemen and farmers through the World War I boom to drought and depression. "The river" traces life in the Mississippi River Valley during the previous 150 years, showing the consequences of sharecropping, soil exhaustion, unchecked erosion and floods, and concludes with scenes of regional planning, TVA development and federal efforts
Bee time vine : and other pieces, 1913-1927 by Gertrude Stein( Book )

8 editions published between 1953 and 1969 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symphonies by Virgil Thomson( Recording )

13 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four saints in three acts : an opera by Virgil Thomson( )

25 editions published between 1948 and 1970 in 4 languages and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Folk songs in settings by master composers by Herbert Haufrecht( )

6 editions published between 1970 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mother of us all by Virgil Thomson( )

26 editions published between 1947 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rachmaninoff by Victor Seroff( Book )

1 edition published in 1950 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The state of music & other writings by Virgil Thomson( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member 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)
Stabat Mater : for soprano and string quartet by Virgil Thomson( )

32 editions published between 1933 and 1981 in 5 languages and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early and as remembered by Virgil Thomson( )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Music with words : a composer's view
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The art of judging musicThe mother of us allVirgil Thomson : a bio-bibliographyVirgil Thomson : a reader : selected writings, 1924-1984Everbest ever : correspondence with Bay Area friendsThe Virgil Thomson reader : selected writings, 1924-1984
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Thompson, Virgil 1896-1989

Thomson, Irving 1896-1989

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Томсон, Вирджил

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维吉尔·汤姆森

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English (372)

French (21)

German (9)