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We are pleased to announce that Lawrence Kramer’s book, The Thought of Music, was awarded The Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism in the concert music field. The book importantly grapples with the understanding of humanity through music.


Established in 1967 and made possible by the Virgil Thomson Foundation, the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards are given each year to recognize outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music.



Praise for The Thought of Music:

“Kramer has been hugely successful in creating a community of formalist and hermeneutic analytical discourse that has inspired a new generation of thinkers to question music’s inherent meaning and value in contemporary society. . . a hugely important and timely work that should no doubt become the focus of much future work and pedagogy.”—Notes

“As ever, Lawrence Kramer is unequaled in his ability to write with wit and lucidity on complex matters of interpretation that can so often leave students of musicology with a feeling of numbness in the brain. The Thought of Music completes a trilogy of outstanding monographs on musical meaning, musical expression, and music’s relationship to language.”—Derek B. Scott, author of Musical Style and Social Meaning

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Lawrence Kramer is Distinguished Professor of English and Music at Fordham University and the author of numerous books. We are proud to have published his trilogy on musical understanding, which includes Interpreting Music, Expression and Truth, and The Thought of MusicHe is also a prizewinning composer and the editor of 19th-Century Music. We warmly congratulate him on this significant recognition for his work.

Read more from Lawrence Kramer in this guest blog post on The Thought of Music.