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Thomson, Virgil 1896-1989

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American music since 1910 by Virgil Thomson( Book )

30 editions published between 1970 and 1972 in English and German and held by 1,395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music with words : a composer's view by Virgil Thomson( Book )

13 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 939 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
The art of judging music by Virgil Thomson( Book )

28 editions published between 1941 and 1969 in English and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The state of music by Virgil Thomson( Book )

40 editions published between 1939 and 2016 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The musical scene by Virgil Thomson( Book )

29 editions published between 1945 and 1968 in English and German and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book contains essays and reviews which detail the author's point of view and ideas on the New York musical atmosphere
A Virgil Thomson reader by Virgil Thomson( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louisiana story by Robert Joseph Flaherty( Visual )

28 editions published between 1943 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The innocent, routine life of Alexander Napolean Ulysses Latour, a young Cajun boy raised on the Louisiana Bayou, is forever changed when his family alllows an oil derrick to be erected in their area of the swamp." Documents the Louisiana Bayou culture of the late 1940s, showing how locals adjusted to the introduction of oil rigs and other new technologies
Music, right and left by Virgil Thomson( Book )

15 editions published between 1951 and 1969 in English and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plow that broke the plains ; The river by Pare Lorentz( Visual )

12 editions published between 1936 and 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 )

7 editions published between 1953 and 1969 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

String quartet no. 1 by Virgil Thomson( )

44 editions published between 1944 and 1958 in 3 languages and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

40,000 years of music : man in search of music by Jacques Chailley( Book )

6 editions published between 1964 and 1975 in English and French and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author, a Sorbonne professor of musical history, traces the evolution of music from instruments shown in paleolithic cave drawings down to 20th century electronics
Four saints in three acts by Virgil Thomson( )

13 editions published between 1948 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With music by Virgil Thomson and a libretto by Gertrude Stein, Four Saints in Three Acts was completed in 1928 but waited almost six years for its first performances. After a week's run in Hartford, Connecticut in February 1934, it moved to New York where--with some sixty performances in six weeks--it became the longest-running opera that Broadway up to that time had experienced. This critical edition by H. Wiley Hitchcock and Charles Fussell features the scenario by Maurice Grosser and is based on the full score that Thomson commissioned from copyist Ben Weber for his 1947-48 revision; it includes the thirty-two-measure orchestral prelude to the act 2 "Dance of the Angels," and it makes comparisons primarily to the manuscript scores held at the Library of Congress and Yale University. The critical apparatus applies as much to the music as to the Stein text, the principal source for which is the 1929 first publication." --
Folk songs in settings by master composers by Herbert Haufrecht( )

6 editions published between 1970 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mother of us all by Virgil Thomson( )

24 editions published between 1947 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Mother of Us All is a pageant. Its theme is the winning in the United States of political rights for women. Its story is the life and career of Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906). Some of the characters are historical, others imaginary."--P. 11
Rachmaninoff by Victor Seroff( Book )

1 edition published in 1950 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 505 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 (
The plow that broke the plains ; The river by Virgil Thomson( )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early and as remembered by Virgil Thomson( )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stabat Mater : for soprano and string quartet by Virgil Thomson( )

35 editions published between 1933 and 1981 in 4 languages and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Music with words : a composer's view
The art of judging musicThe mother of us allVirgil Thomson : a bio-bibliographyThe New Grove twentieth-century American masters : Ives, Thomson, Sessions, Cowell, Gershwin, Copland, Carter, Barber, Cage, BernsteinVirgil Thomson : a reader : selected writings, 1924-1984Everbest ever : correspondence with Bay Area friendsThe Virgil Thomson reader : selected writings, 1924-1984
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