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Virgil Thomson
November 25, 1896 - September 30, 1989
Nationality: American
Category: Composer
Subcategory: American Composer

I don't have to worry No matter what they do to it, it works.


You explain how it went, and as far as you can figure out how it got that way.


Musicians own music because music owns them.


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.


I don't care what other critics say, I only hope to be played.


I said to my friends that if I was going to starve, I might as well starve where the food is good.


I let her alone and when she got that finished she left me alone. We trusted each other.


In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals, and in Florence you learn poise.


I don't go around regretting things that don't happen.


I never learned to verbalize an abstract musical concept. No thank you. The whole point of being a serious musician is to avoid verbalization whenever you can.


Reviewing music or reviewing anything is a writing job. It's nice if you are experienced in the field you are writing about, but writing is what you are doing.


I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.


Let your mind alone, and see what happens.


I look at you and I write down what I hear.


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