Randall Thompson

  • Randall Thompson was born in New York City on April 21, 1899 and died in Boston, Massachusetts on July 9, 1984. Educated at Harvard University (B.A., 1920; M.A., 1922), where his teachers included Walter Spalding, E.B. Hill and A.T. Davison, he also studied privately with Ernest Bloch. After a three-year fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (1922-25), Thompson began a distinguished career as a teacher of composition in academia. He taught at Wellesley College (1927-29; 1936-37), the University of California, Berkeley (1937-39) and was director of the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1939 to 1941. After teaching stints at the University of Virginia (1941-46) and Princeton University (1946-48), he joined the music faculty of Harvard University in 1948, remaining there until his retirement from teaching in 1965. Throughout his teaching career he continued to compose and became particularly well known for his many excellent choral works and for the three symphonies, which Carl Fischer represents. His music is characterized by patrician elegance, great craftsmanship, charm, and considerable rhythmic verve. The symphonies date respectively from 1929 (No. 1), 1932 (No. 2), and 1949 (No. 3).


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    Orchestra
    21492 Symphony No. 1
    24:00 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Org. Hp. Str.
    21493 Symphony No. 2
    28:00 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(dbl.E.H.) 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    21494 Symphony No. 3
    29:00 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(dbl.E.H.) 3 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    21495 A Trip to Nahant: Fantasy for Orchestra
    27:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 3 0; Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    Choral
    392-03021 Blessed Be The Lord
    392-03036 The Echo Child
    From Four Easy Songs
    1:45
    392-03037 Four Easy Songs
    My Master Hath A Garden
    392-03038 Four Easy Songs
    Some One
    392-03039 Four Easy Songs
    Velvet Shoes
    3:00 SATB, Piano
    392-03014 Glory To God In The Highest
    1:45
    392-03012 Good Tidings to the Meek
    2:30
    392-03006 O Let The Nations
    392-03081 The Purr-Ima Donna
    392-03009 Return Unto Thy Rest
    2:30
    392-03008 Thou Hast Given
    392-03020 Thrice Happy They
    392-03011 Two Childhood Songs
    3:00 Unison Chorus, Two-part, Piano
    Other
    O4361 Masters Of Our Day, Volume I
    Piano
    CY960 String Quartet No. 1 In D Minor
    String Quartet

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