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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.
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.

Let your mind alone, and see what happens.
I thought of myself as a species of knight errant attacking dragons single-handedly and rescuing musical virtue in distress.
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.
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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