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Virgil Thomson
(1896-1989) born on
Nov 25
US composer, conductor, music critic. His forward-looking ideas stimulated new lines of thought among contemporary musicians.
         
   
F
I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.

R
Let your mind alone, and see what happens.
A
I thought of myself as a species of knight errant attacking dragons single-handedly and rescuing musical virtue in distress.
N
Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
K
Reviewing music or reviewing anything is a writing job. It's nice if you are experienced in the field you are writing about, but writing is what you are doing.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Commencement address at New England Conservatory of Music 18 May 1986.
R: On writing; in "Christian Science Monitor," 12 Feb 1985.
A: On role as critic; in NY "Times," 22 Nov 1981.
N: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
K: On role of the critic; in "Christian Science Monitor," 12 Feb 1985.
   


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