Tag Archives: Virgil Thomson

The National Recording Registry: KC Edition, Part 1

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To mark the release of this year’s additions to the National Recording Registry, we’re going to feature registry recordings with ties to Kansas City.

The National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress honors and preserves recordings of significant cultural, musical and historical value. The registry contains 17 recordings that has ties to Kansas City.

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Today in KC’s Music History: Virgil Thomson Born

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Virgil Thomson, the composer and music critic who collaborated with Gertrude Stein and won the Pulitzer Prize for composition, was born in Kansas City on Nov. 25, 1896.

Thomson helped develop the “American sound” in classical music in the 1920s and 30s, but he also composed for theater and film. He also was a music critic for the New York Herald-Tribune from the late 1930s to early 1950s.

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Introducing KC Music Tube

Writing about music is fine, but to experience the true essence of music, you need to listen to it or watch a performance. So I’ve started a new feature that I’m really excited about: KC Music Tube.

KC Music Tube collects the videos of KC music artists that are scattered all over the Internet (YouTube mostly). With video, you can see (and hear) what makes them so special.

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