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Randall Thompson

Choral director and composer

Born April 21, 1899, New York, New York
Died July 9, 1984, Boston, Massachusetts
About Randall Thompson

Although he is one of America's most successful choral composers, Thompson's operas are not widely known. He was also well known in his lifetime as a music educator and for his writings on the state of music education in the United States, including the book College Music.

One of his two operas, The Nativity According to St. Luke, was written specifically for church performance at Christmas.

  • Solomon and Balkis, or The Butterfly that Stamped, radio opera
    Libretto by the composer, adapted from the Just So Stories of Rudyard Kipling.
    March 29, 1942, WABC Radio and affiliates
  • The Nativity According to St. Luke, musical drama in seven scenes
    Libretto by R. Rowlands after the Gospel of Luke.
    December 13, 1961, Christ Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    (commissioned for the 200th anniversary of Christ Church)

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Randall Thompson at Amazon.com

Randall Thompson

The Nativity According to St. Luke

Cleveland Sinfonia Sacra

2 CD / Koch International Classics (1997)

Bibliography Search for books by and about Randall Thompson at Amazon.com

Benser & Urrows

Randall Thompson: A Bio-Bibliography

Greenwood Press 1991

Last update: January 1, 2009