Saturday, April 26, 2014

Randall Thompson: A Bio-Bibliography

The 1991 book Randall Thompson: A Bio-Bibliography by Caroline Cepin Benser and David Francis Urrows which was published by Greenwood Press, mentions George A. Borgman and references his work entitled Nationalism in Contemporary American Music which he wrote in 1953.

During his research, George had listened to 170 American works on record one of them being music composed by Randall Thompson, an American choral composer.

Randall Thompson was born in New York City on April 21, 1899, the son of Grace B. Randall and Dr. Daniel Varney Thompson.

Thompson attended Harvard University and received his doctorate at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. He would eventually teach at the Curtis Institute of Music, the University of Virginia, and at Harvard.

He wrote many choral works as well as some symphonies and quartets. Leonard Bernstein was one of his many students.

Randall Thompson died at the age of 84 in Boston, Massachusetts on July 9, 1984.

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