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Virgil Thomson: Composer on the Aisle


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Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company, 1997



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This is a biography of Virgil Thomson (1896-1989) as a composer, a critic and a gay man. It chronicles his search for a place in the world and how he came to accept his sexuality. Anthony Tommasini was a close confidant of Thomson's during his last years and was allowed complete access to his private papers. He admires his musical and literary genius but he looks unflinchingly at the ego behind it. He portrays his often bitter rivalries with other composers such as Aaron Copland, his penchant for settling scores as America's most influential music critic, his lasting impact on younger composers such as Leonard Bernstein, John Cage and Philip Glass, and his continuous struggle to write and to win an audience for his music.

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