Virgil Thomson is the guest on this 1948 edition of The Reader's Almanac. Not Virgil Thomson the composer, though, but Virgil Thomson the critic, whose collection, The Art of Judging Music (1948), had just been published.
Bob Sherman repeats his interview with Virgil Thomson which was broadcast a few days before his 85th birthday. He opens the episode with a scratchy recording of "Capitals, Capitals," which was composed by Thomson and features him on the piano as well.
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Interviewer is Warren Bauer, Director of the Writing Center at NYU. Guest is Virgil Thomson. Discussion of Thomson's book: The Art of Judging Music. One knows definitely what Thomson thinks and feels about the music he has heard. There are no uncertainties in his reports. Furthermore they are written with distinction. He is also widely known as a composer.