- Name: Virgil Thomson
- Born: 11/25/1896
- Died: 09/30/1989 (92 years old)
- Occupation: Composer, critic
Virgil Thomson (November 25, 1896 – September 30, 1989) was an American composer and critic. He was instrumental in the development of the “American Sound” in classical music. He has been described as a modernist, a neoromantic, a neoclassicist, and a composer of “an Olympian blend of humanity and detachment” whose “expressive voice was always carefully muted” until his late opera Lord Byron which, in contrast to all his previous work, exhibited an emotional content that rises to “moments of real passion”.
Awards: National Medal of Arts, Kennedy Center Honors, Pulitzer Prize for Music
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Death Place: New York, New York, U.S.
Virgil Thomson quotes :
Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.Virgil Thomson
I said to my friends that if I was going to starve, I might as well starve where the food is good.Virgil Thomson