Lucy Lucy let Lucy Lucy Lily Lily Lily
Lily Lily let Lily Lucy Lucy let Lily.
Let Lucy Lily," is characteristic--they
were unanimous in calling Virgil Thomson's score decidedly successful. "Mr. Thomson's opera," as Lawrence Gilman
wrote in review, "prevails by virtue of
its music. . . . It may be said that
it is deceptively simple, a little self-
consciously candid and naive, actually
very wily and deft and slick, often subtly
and wittily illusive, distinguished by an
artful banality. This is a suave and
charming score."The success of Four Saints in Three
Acts has drawn the attention of the
music world to Thomson's formerly obscure symphonic and chamber-music
composed during his long stay in Paris.
In his symphonies, chamber and choral
music, Thomson's pen has been equally
artful and felicitous in expressing
sparkle, wit and malice; and it can be
sober and meditative. Virgil Thomson
is now numbered among the most important of the younger American composers. Virgil Thomson is blond, tho slightly
bald, square-faced, and possesses a
youthful expression. He is said to possess considerable social charm. He is a
gifted cook, a specialist in the preparation of salad dressings and in the treatment of rice. He has a facile flow of
conversation, which is often amusingly
ironical; he talks a great deal, seldom
about music and often about food. He
loves gossip.Principal works by Virgil Thomson:
|ORCHESTRA : Symphony on an American
Hymn Tune; Second Symphony; Two Sentimental Tangos.|
|CHORAL: Capital Capitals; Mass (for chorus
|OPERA: Four Saints in Three Acts.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC : Sonata da Chiesa; Portraits.|
|Pieces for piano, organ, etc.; songs.|
About Virgil Thomson:
Howard J. T. Our American Music. Ménestral 93:284June 26, 1931.
Ernest Toch 1887-
ERNEST TOCH, an important Austrian modernist, was born in Vienna on December 7, 1887. He was
brought up in a mercantile family where
music was not very well known. Ernest
proved to be the exception in his family
by revealing alertness, aptitude and love
for the musical art at a very young age.
As a child, he learned to read music
only by watching his friends play the
piano, and it was not long before, with
this elementary equipment in his grasp,
he began to compose little snatches in
the greatest of secrecy. As a child, too,
he revealed an enormous interest in
timbres of all kinds. "I can remember,"
he tells us, "as a child listening to the
stone-cutter while he was making cobblestones and taking great pleasure from
the different qualities which the ear
perceived each time the hammer struck
a fresh blow. I can also remember playing tunes for hours on the wooden
boards of graduated lengths which
formed the gate to our country-garden
His father wanted him to become a
professional man, refusing to take his
musical inclinations seriously. And so, Ernest Toch was entered in the Vienna
University for the study of medicine.
By this time, music had become sufficiently important in his life to compel
him to follow its study seriously in
leisure hours. This Toch did without
the benefit of any systematic instruction
from trained teachers. As a matter of
fact, except for a few months spent at____________________
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Book title: Composers of Today:A Comprehensive Biographical and Critical Guide to Modern Composers of All Nations.
Contributors: David Ewen - Editor, David Ewen - Compiler.
Publisher: H. W. Wilson.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1934.
Page number: 279.
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