Virgil Thomson Quotes

Poetry too is nowadays a one-man job. It neither derives from declamatory nor contemplates its necessity. Poets don’t begin life as actors or elocutionists, and certainly actors and elocutionists do not commonly or normally take up poetic composition. Poetry, like prose writing, is not even recited at all for the most part. It is merely […]

Verbal communication about music is impossible except among musicians.

A musical page must be translated into sound and, yes, interpreted, before it is much good to anybody. At this point criticism enters. It used to amuse me in Spain that it should take three children to play bull-fight. One plays bull and another plays torero, while the third stands on the side-lines and cries […]

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.