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musician , composer.

Randall Thompson, musician, composer. Decorated Cavaliere Ufficiale al Merito della Repubblica Italy; recipient Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge medal, 1941; Ditson award, 1944. Member National Institute Arts and Letters, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Phi Beta Kappa.

Background

Thompson, Randall was born on April 21, 1899 in New York City. Son of Daniel Varney and Grace Brightman (Randall) Thompson.

Education

Graduate (Walter Damrosch fellow in music composition), Am. Studied composition under, Ernest Bloch, New York City, 1920-1921.

Career

Assistant professor music, organist, choir director Wellesley College, 1927-1929, appointed lecturer music, 1936. Lecturer music Harvard, 1929. Guggenheim fellow, 1929-1931.

Director college music study, investigation Association American Colls., 1932-1935. Professor music, director chorus University of California, Berkeley, 1937-1939. Director Curtis Institute Music, 1939-1941.

Professor music, head department University of Virginia, 1941-1945. Professor music Princeton, 1945-1948. Professor music Harvard, 1948-1965, now Walter Bigelow Rosen professor music emeritus, department chairman, 1952-1957.

Director United States section International Society for Contemporary Music, 1934-1935. Member Executive Board League Composers, 1939-1941, director, 1945-1948. Wrote: music for The Straw Hat, 1926, Grand Street Follies, 1926.

Guest conductor, Dessoff Choirs, New York City, 1931-1932. Conductor: Madrigal Choir and Suprs. Chorus, Juilliard School Music, 1931-1932.

Composer symphonies, choral works, string quartets, opera and other forms of mus. works. Composition include The Last Words of David, commissioned by Boston Symphony Orchestra for Voice of America film, Tanglewood, 1949, A Trip to Nahant, Fantasy-Rondo for Orch, commissioned by Koussevitzky Foundation, 1954, Mass of the Holy Spirit, 1955, Ode to the Virginian Voyage, 1956, Requiem, commissioned by University of California, 1958, Frostiana, commissioned by 200th Anniversary of Amherst, Massachusetts, 1959, The Nativity according to Saint Luke, commissioned by Christ Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1961. Cantata A Feast of Praise, commissioned by Stanford University music department, 1963.

Oratorio The Passion According to St. Luke, commissioned by Handel and Haydn Society, 1965, String Quartet Northern 2, commissioned by Harvard Museum Association, 1967, The Place of the Blest, commissioned by St. Thomas Church, New York City, 1969. Author: oratorio College Music, 1935. Contributor articles to mus. reviews.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: oratorio College Music, 1935. Contributor articles to mus. reviews Decorated Cavaliere Ufficiale al Merito della Repubblica Italy. Recipient Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge medal, 1941.

      Ditson award, 1944.

Membership

Member National Institute Arts and Letters, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Phi Beta Kappa. Clubs: Century (New York City).

Connections

Married Margaret Quayle Whitney, February 26, 1927. Children: Varney, Edward Samuel Whitney, Rosemary, Randall.

father:
Daniel Varney Thompson

mother:
Grace Brightman (Randall) Thompson

spouse:
Margaret Quayle Whitney

children:
Varney Thompson

Edward Samuel Whitney Thompson

Rosemary Thompson

Randall Thompson