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Virgil Thomson

Composer, Critic (25-Nov-1896 — 30-Sep-1989)


Kathleen Hoover; John Cage. Virgil Thomson: His Life and Music. New York: Thomas Yoseloff. 1959. 288pp.

Michael Meckna. Virgil Thomson: A Bio-Bibliography. Greenwood Press. 1986. 203pp.

Tim Page; Vanessa Weeks Page (editors). Selected Letters of Virgil Thomson. Summit Books. 1988. 413pp.

Anthony Tommasini. Virgil Thomson: Composer on the Aisle. W. W. Norton. 1997. 605pp.

Anthony Tommasini. Virgil Thomson's Musical Portraits. Pendragon Press. 1986. 237pp.

Steven Watson. Prepare for Saints: Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thomson, and the Mainstreaming of American Modernism. University of California Press. 2000. 371pp.


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  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.1115)

  6. Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (p.668)

  7. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.698)

  8. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1455)

  9. Webster's American Biographies (p.1035)

  10. Penguin Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century (p.368)

  11. Twentieth Century Authors (p.1403)

  12. Celebrity Register 4th Issue (p.502)

  13. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.1023)

  14. Current Biography, 1966 Yearbook (pp.405-08)

  15. The Oxford Dictionary of Music (p.888)

  16. Portable Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (pp.249-50)

  17. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.730)

  18. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.482)

  19. Thames & Hudson Encyclopedia of 20th Century Music (p.181)

  20. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.83)

  21. Encyclopedia of Concert Music (p.514)

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