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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.
         
   
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I said to my friends that if I was going to starve, I might as well starve where the food is good.

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Musicians . . . own music because music owns them.
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I don't go around regretting things that don't happen.
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I seem to write an opera about every 20 years; if you live long enough you can write four operas. I finished my third in 1970.
K
I don't care what [other critics] say, I only hope to be played.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: On life in Paris as a young man, PBS TV 23 Nov 1986.
R: Commencement address at New England Conservatory of Music 18 May 1986.
A: On infrequency with which the Thomson-Stein opera has been produced, in NY "Times," 9 Nov 1986.
N: Interview at age 90, PBS TV 23 Nov 1986.
K: On being asked which of his compositions would endurin "Christian Science Monitor," 12 Feb 1985.
   


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