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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
You explain how it went, and as far as you can figure out how it got that way.

R
I never learned to verbalize an abstract musical concept. No thank you. The whole point of being a serious musician is to avoid verbalization whenever you can.
A
I look at you and I write down what I hear.
N
Falsely conceived and rather clumsily executed . . . crooked folklore and halfway opera.
K
The description and explanation is the best part of music reviewing. There is such a thing, and you know it too, as a gift for judgment. If you have it, you can say anything you like. If you haven't got it, you don't know you haven't got it.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: On role as critic, in "Christian Science Monitor," 12 Feb 1985.
R: In "Christian Science Monitor," 12 Feb 1985.
A: To Picasso, when asked how he composed a musical portrait, PBS TV 23 Nov 1986.
N: Review of "Porgy and Bess," première, recalled on the work's 50th anniversary, in NY "Times," 3 Feb 1985.
K: In "Christian Science Monitor," 12 Feb 1985.
   


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