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Everbest Ever: Correspondence with Bay Area Friends
     

Everbest Ever: Correspondence with Bay Area Friends

by Virgil Thomson
 

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Spanning two decades, from 1968 to 1989, the letters—written as jeux d'espirit and presented in the same spirit—touch on Thomson's life, compositions, and writings; Gertrude Stein and Marcel Duchamp; music criticism; travel, food and wine; the local musical scene; and plans (sometimes fulfilled, sometimes not) for concerts and recordings. The record

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Spanning two decades, from 1968 to 1989, the letters—written as jeux d'espirit and presented in the same spirit—touch on Thomson's life, compositions, and writings; Gertrude Stein and Marcel Duchamp; music criticism; travel, food and wine; the local musical scene; and plans (sometimes fulfilled, sometimes not) for concerts and recordings. The record Thomson's correspondence with composer and writer Charles Shere, soprano Margery Tede, and other San Francisco friends. Editorial annotations place the letters in context.

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Booknews
Dean (history, Brown U.) analyzes the emergence and development of sexuality in North American and European cultures from the late 1800s to the 1990s. She argues that a history of sexuality is an account of the changing relationship between anatomy and cultural expectations for men and women. Gender and selfhood, sexology, the sexual revolution, obscenity law, violence are among the dimensions she examines. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
San Francisco Chronicle
...brings out a playfully snooty side of the....composer right from the start... Anecdotes emerge in this correspondence with intruiging regularity as we see how comfotable Thomson regarded the everyday cosmopolitanism, cultural or culinary, of Northern California.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780914913382
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Series:
Fallen Leaf Monographs on Contemporary Composers Series , #3
Pages:
105
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.56(d)

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