In this review of Library of America’s second volume of Virgil Thomson’s writings, The State of Music & Other Writings, chief classical music critic of the New York Times Anthony Tommasini reflects upon Thomson’s role in the American classical music industry. Mr. Tommasini offers a nuanced perspective on Thomson’s famously provocative writing, and on the inherent contradiction in being both an active composer and an important music critic concurrently. He leaves no doubt about the significant impact that Thomson had on the American music scene.

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