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Books in print

NEW: Available May 2016! Virgil Thomson: The State of Music and Other Writings edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page. Published by The Library of America

Virgil Thomson: Music Chronicles 1940-1954, The Library of America, 2014

The Virgil Thomson Reader, Houghton Mifflin, 1981

Virgil Thomson, Composer on the Aisle, by Anthony Tommasini, W.W. Norton, 1991, in paperback and hard cover

Music with Words: A Composer's View, by Virgil Thomson, Yale University Press, 1989

Centennial Catalogue issued by G. Schirmer, 1996

Selected Letters of Virgil Thomson, edited by Tim Page and Vanessa Weeks Page, Summit Books, 1988

Virgil Thomson Musical Portraits, by Anthony Tommasini, Pendragon Press, 1986

Out of print but available

American Music Since 1910, by Virgil Thomson, Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1970-71

The State of Music, by Virgil Thomson, William Morrow and Company, 1939, Vintage Books by Random House, 1962

Virgil Thomson, by Virgil Thomson, Alfred Knopf, 1966. In paperback: E.P. Dutton, Inc., 1985

Selected volumes of musical criticism by Virgil Thomson, including:

      The Art of Judging Music, Alfred Knopf, 1948
      The Musical Scene, Alfred Knopf, 1945
      Music Right and Left, Henry Holt and Company, 1951

Internet links to further information on Virgil Thomson

University Libraries at the University of Missouri, Kansas City:

American Special Collections, American Composers Collection Special Collection Assistant:, 816-235-1532
Music/Media Librarian:, 816-235-1679

Yale University Library, Irving S. Gilmore Music Library:

The Virgil Thomson Papers

Principal Music Publishers

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