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Virgil Thomson

Virgil Thomson(composer, born November 25, 1896, Kansas City, Missouri; died September 30, 1989) Virgil Thomson, an innovative American composer and respected music critic, was born on Nov. 25, 1896, in Kansas City, MO. Thomson started studying the piano at the age of five, and took up the organ at 13. In 1915, he went to a junior college, then entered Harvard University in 1919. There, he studied orchestration and French music with Edward Burlingame Hill; was an assistant and accompanist for Archibald Davison; and learned about the work of Gertude Stein, with whom he later collaborated, from S.