Chase, Waldo F.
Thomson, Virgil (b.1896)
Composer, Music Critic
A Musician in Paris, 1965
Mr. Thomson was in Paris in 1921-22 and returned in 1925 to remain, for the
most part, until the Nazi invasion of France in 1940. Describes his life and
associations in Paris: participation in French cultural life; influence on him
of Erik Satie’s music; his associations with Gertrude Stein and their collaboration
on Four Saints in Three Acts, which he produced in 1934 to begin his theatrical
career in the United States.
Interviewer: George Wickes, Professor of English, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont
Graduate School. This interview was conducted in conjunction with the writings
of Professor Wickes’ book Americans in Paris. 1903-1939 (Paris Review-Doubleday,