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Virgil Thomson (1896–1989)

One of the driving forces, both as critic and musician, of 20th century American music, Thomson studied music at both Harvard University and elsewhere in the Boston area before moving to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger in 1921. After spending a short time in his native land, he returned to Paris and remained there until 1940, working with many... See full bio »

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Louisiana Story Composer
The Goddess Composer
The Day After Music Department
Power Among Men Composer


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 2000 Un siècle d'écrivains (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1964 Journey to America (Documentary)
 1959 Power Among Men (Documentary)
 1958 The Goddess
 1954 Max Liebman Spectaculars (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Sunday in Town (1954)
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series) (1 episode)
- King Lear (1953)
 1945 Tuesday in November (Documentary short)
 1938 The River (Documentary short)
 1936 The Plow That Broke the Plains (Documentary short)
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(book) "Virgil Thomson" (1966) See more »

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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.


Largely because he was himself a composer, Thomson took conductor Arturo Toscanini severely to task for supposedly not devoting enough attention to twentieth century music. See more »

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