In an effort to share Yale’s educational resources with the greater public, the Yale School of Music released a number of podcasts from 2007 to 2011.  Among those were three from Oral History of American Music at Yale that featured Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, and Virgil Thomson.  These were adapted from material from the CD and book publication, Composers’ Voices from Ives to Ellington, co-authored by Vivian Perlis and Libby Van Cleve and published by Yale University Press.  Those who knew Thomson frequently remarked about his wry wit and distinctive voice.  With this podcast, the greater public can hear that voice for themselves.

About Oral History of American Music
Since its founding in 1969 at Yale University, Oral History of American Music (OHAM) has been dedicated to the collection and preservation of the voices of the major musical figures of our time. The project captures musicians’ narratives and reflections in their own words through in-depth interviews. With an ever-expanding collection, OHAM is a living archive, currently comprising over 2,600 audio and video recordings. OHAM regularly conducts, catalogues, and transcribes interviews with emerging talents and established artists, producing a wealth of primary and secondary source material accessible to musicians, students, scholars, arts organizations, and the media.

Copyright statement: “Virgil Thomson: Excerpts from Historic Interviews” is derived from the CD material found in Composers’ Voices from Ives to Ellington, co-authored by Vivian Perlis and Libby Van Cleve.  Perlis and Van Cleve own the copyright to the published material, and The Virgil Thomson Foundation owns the rights to Thomson’s voice.  Permission is required from the copyright owners for any reproductions or publication of this material.