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April 2   -   ArtsJournal: music

Evaluating Virgil Thomson, Cantankerous Musician And Music Critic

Would Thomson get away with this today? "He was hardly a model critic. He gave friends positive reviews, enemies negative reviews, and usually made sure his own music was reviewed by a stringer (occasionally he did it himself). He routinely slept through performances he was reviewing, had a penchant for making sweeping and sometimes perplexing generalizations, and dismissed beloved works and composers with little explanation."


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