Virgil Thomson

1896 - 1989

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Virgil Thomson (November 25, 1896 – September 30, 1989) was an American composer and critic. He was instrumental in the development of the "American Sound" in classical music. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Virgil Thomson has received more than 236,396 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Virgil Thomson is the 1,223rd most popular composer (down from 1,124th in 2019), the 8,495th most popular biography from United States (down from 8,338th in 2019) and the 91st most popular Composer.

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  • 22

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Among composers, Virgil Thomson ranks 1,223 out of 1,216Before him are Harry Warren, John Debney, Junichi Masuda, Morten Lauridsen, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Ernest Gold. After him are Fartein Valen, Pascal Dusapin, Walter Susskind, Geirr Tveitt, Lowell Mason, and Shivkumar Sharma.

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Among people born in 1896, Virgil Thomson ranks 215Before him are Rogers Hornsby, John Harding, 1st Baron Harding of Petherton, Rafael Garza Gutiérrez, Walter Breuning, José Naya, and Lawrence Tibbett. After him are Arthur Tell Schwab, Kathleen McKane Godfree, Gösta Runö, Ella Hall, Robert E. Sherwood, and Alister Hardy. Among people deceased in 1989, Virgil Thomson ranks 233Before him are Asbjørn Ruud, Ansa Ikonen, Marshall Harvey Stone, C. L. R. James, Willibald Kreß, and Lee Calhoun. After him are Manlio Di Rosa, Jimmy Murphy, Friederich Franzl, Edward Abbey, Aleksanteri Saarvala, and Richard Rado.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Virgil Thomson ranks 8,495 out of 18,182Before him are Alan Rachins (1942), Connie Sellecca (1955), Alan Oppenheimer (1930), Leslie David Baker (1958), Una Merkel (1903), and Giorgos Kaminis (1954). After him are Michael Swanwick (1950), Cal Tjader (1925), Erna Schneider Hoover (1926), James M. Cox (1870), Peter Fleming (1955), and Patti Austin (1950).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Virgil Thomson ranks 91Before him are Marco Beltrami (1966), John Kander (1927), H. C. Robbins Landon (1926), Harry Warren (1893), John Debney (1956), and Morten Lauridsen (1943). After him are Lowell Mason (1792), Christopher Young (1958), David Raksin (1912), Mark Mancina (1957), Vincent Youmans (1898), and Earl Scruggs (1924).