I thought I’d share a few of the music criticism books in my collection, for various reasons, but mostly just because people don’t seem to know about them.
The photos above are of the cover and some pages from one of my favorites, Virgil Thomson’s “The Art of Judging Music,” his second collection of his music reviews from the Herald Tribune, published in 1948.
In addition to being stupendous music criticism, Thomson’s writing is a superior example of good, honest American prose style.
My photos show a detail of the cover; the title page; the first page of the table of contents; and two pages of reviews. The reviews in the book duplicate the format of the Herald Tribune, which helpfully listed the cast of singers before an opera review, and the pieces that were performed on an orchestral concert.
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