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The State of Music By Virgil Thomson,

  • Title: The State of Music
  • Author: Virgil Thomson
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
  • Polemics by a leading American composer There is a 1961 preface with Thomson s thoughts about what he said in the original 1939 edition Chapters Our Island Home what it feels like to be a musician The Neighbors chiefly about painters and painting Survivals of an Earlier Civilization poets dead and gone Life among the Natives musical habits and customs Life iPolemics by a leading American composer There is a 1961 preface with Thomson s thoughts about what he said in the original 1939 edition Chapters Our Island Home what it feels like to be a musician The Neighbors chiefly about painters and painting Survivals of an Earlier Civilization poets dead and gone Life among the Natives musical habits and customs Life in the Big City the civil status of musicians How Composers Eat who does what to whom and who gets paid What Composers Write How the economic determinism of musical style Composers Politics professional bodies versus the secular state Intellectual Freedom what can and cannot be censored How to write a piece functional design in music Back to the Womb, James how modern music gets that way Back to Politics how to run an island civilization.
    The State of Music Polemics by a leading American composer There is a preface with Thomson s thoughts about what he said in the original edition Chapters Our Island Home what it feels like to be a musician The

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    1. The most famous parts of this book are The Appreciation Racket and the Fifty Pieces segment within it Thomson argues that canons of western music are designed to sell records, music, and concert tickets, and no ethical musician should participate in making public lectures or textbooks on this subject.

    2. The best way to describe my affinity for this book is that I agree with Virgil Thomson s assessment in the foreword to the 1960 edition He admits to sweeping generalizations most of which are both hilarious and incendiary, but it is impossible for every joke to land and to being a bit gratuitous when comparing and contrasting poetry, film, and especially painting to the art of music He remains ambivalent to truly going back and updating his 1939 manuscript 20 years after the fact, because 1 he s [...]

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