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Virgil Garnett Thomson
(1896 - 1989)

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1896 Born 26 November, in Kansas City
1908 Serves as paid organist at the Calvary Baptist Church, at the age of twelve
1917 Joins the army and serves as a pilot in World War I
1919 Enters Harvard; studies under Archibald Davison and Edward Burlingame Hill
1921 On a fellowship in Paris, he studies organ and counterpoint with Nadia Boulanger and meets Satie.
1923 Appointed assistant professor under Hill and Davison, and serves as organist for the King's Chapel
1927 Journeys to Spain to collaborate with Gertrude Stein on their opera, Four Saints in Three Acts
1940 Accepts a job as music critic for the Herald Tribune
1971 His book, American Music Since 1910, published
1989 Died 30 September, in New York City
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