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Virgil Fox (The Dish) Paperback – August 15, 2001
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"A fascinating and beautifully-produced masterpiece." -- The Clarion, September, 2001
"An outstanding and definitive portrait of a master artist and his circle." -- The American Organist, October, 2001
"Long-awaited...enough...tidbits to keep Fox fans between the covers for several days...fascinating...poignant...will surely bring tears." -- Theatre Organ, October, 2001 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Based on a memoir by Ted Alan Worth
Contributions by William T. Armstrong, M.D., Marilyn Brennan (photo editor), Louise Clary, Andrew Crow, Carlo Curley, Steven Frank, Robert Fry, Albert Fuller, Robert Hebble, David Jonathan Lewis, Douglas Marshall, Richard Morris, T. Ernest Nichols, Michael Stauch, Frederick Swann, Charles Swisher, and Floyd Watson
Designed by Len Levasseur
Published by Circles International
Commissioned by the Virgil Fox Society
432 pages, 65 photographs
5.5 x 8.5 inches
Trade paperback --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I found the stories relating to the organ companies themselves not too technical and full of the competitive spirit. Worth was on the forefront of both the Rodgers and Ruffatti organizations.
The little background, personal stories are a nice People magazine style break from the concertizing minutiae and other more solemn parts of the chapters. Everything from Fox's sex life to his wardrobe are given plenty of amplification. Few stops stay in regarding his personal life. Pictures abound giving faces to the many voices in the text. There are also quite a few variations on the themes of grammar and spelling (lightening for lightning as an example) which detract from the airy prose.
As a non-organist, I came to Fox through his "Heavy Organ" concerts that began in the 1970's. His magical way of introducing "us kids" to J.S. Bach with a pulsating light show behind him cannot be described and of course now cannot be experienced. It's been over 20 years since his death, so those who had the privilege will want to grab on to "Virgil Fox - The Dish" as a pleasant reminder of how great those mind-expanding nights at the theatre were, and how complex was the man who brought organ music to popular culture.
by two other facebook users!! This is a must for any Fox fan. All the jucy tidbits of this famous American Virtouso.