(TV Series) (2 episodes)
(TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
(book) "Virgil Thomson" (1966)
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[on 'Porgy and Bess'] A libretto that should never have been accepted on a subject that should never have been chosen [by] a man who should never have attempted it.. Folklore subjects recounted by an outsider are only valid as long as the folk in question is unable to speak for itself, which is certainly not true of the American Negro in 1935.
Always ready to demolish popular classical music "idols," Thomson was famous for his withering criticisms of conductor Arturo Toscanini
, pianist Vladimir Horowitz
, violinist Jascha Heifetz
, and composer George Gershwin
, whose opera "Porgy and Bess" he termed "fake folklore." He earned the undying enmity of Toscanini for his reviews.