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Randall Thompson (born in New York City on April 21, 1899; died in Boston on July 9, 1984), eminent American composer, was educated at Harvard University (B.A. 1920; M.A. 1922). His teachers there included Walter R. Spalding, Edward B. Hill, and Archibald T. Davison. He also studied with Ernest Bloch in New York City in 1921. From 1922 to 1925, Thompson held a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, and he held Guggenheim Fellowships in 1929 and 1930. From 1927–1929 and again in 1936–1937, he was assistant professor of music at Wellesley College. Other academic positions included professorships at the University of California, Berkeley (1937–1939) and Princeton University (1945–1948).

From 1939 to 1941, Thompson was director of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and then became head of the music division of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Virginia (1941–1945). In 1948 he was appointed Professor of Music at Harvard University, becoming Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor in 1951, and Professor Emeritus at the close of the 1964–65 academic year.

Thompson received numerous awards from American colleges and honorary doctorates from the University of Rochester, University of Pennsylvania, Allegheny College, and New England Conservatory of Music. In 1959, the Italian Government named him Cavaliere ufficiale al merito della Republica Italiana. Thompson was a member of The National Institute of Arts and Letters and of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Randall Thompson Annotated Choral Catalog

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