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Randall Thompson Biography

Four-part Chorus, Unaccompanied
SATB (ECS No. 1786)
TTBB (ECS No. 2312)
SSAA (ECS No. 2593)

Duration: 5-6"
Level of Difficulty: Medium

Shortly before the opening of the Boston Symphony’s Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, Serge Koussevitsky, its director, decided that the special occasion called for a special ceremony. The inaugural piece his commissioned, written and presented on the spur of the moment, became a veritable symbol of American choral singing – Randall Thompson’s Alleluia. Since that day in 1940, this classic of classics has become one of the nation’s most-often performed choral works. Rare is the church, school, community, or professional choir that has not sung it. The masterful construction and simplicity of text (Alleluia, Amen) make the Alleluia suitable for almost any choir for almost any occasion.

SATB and Piano or Orchestra
ECS No. 1634

Duration: 17"
Level of Difficulty: Medium-Difficult

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 B-flat clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, timpani, harp, strings.
An ideal concert piece, this fascinating five-movement satirical work draws on it’s contrasting texts from the Americanca section of H. L. Mencken’s American Mercury magazine. The first movement, May Every Tongue, is the “Christian sentiment of the Rev. Dr. Mark Matthews, veteran instrument of the Lord in Seattle, as reported by the Post Intelligence, “raising his voice against Modernism. This is followed by an a cappella movement, The Staff Neocromancer, in which “the Staff Necromancer of the New York Evening Graphic comes to the aid of troubled readers of that great family newspaper.” Another unaccompanied movement, God’s Bottles, uses for its text a leaflet issued by the National Women’s Christian Temperance Union and is, appropriately enough, scored for four-part women’s voices. (This movement is also published separately as #2549.) In the fourth movement the orchestra and full SATB voices return for a very sobering account, The Sublime Process of Law Enforcement, described by Joseph B. Wirger, deathhouse reporter of Little Rock Gazette, in Startling Detective Adventures. The last movement, Loveli-lines (SSAATTBB) uses for its text a literary advertisement. “Loveli-lines is compos’d of thirty-three individualistic verse poems all abrim with Joy, Love, Faith, Abundance, Victory, Beauty and Mastery. Each one will lift you to the heights of consciousness. Bound in cloth of happy blue. Order from Edna Nethery, Riverside, California. One dollar.”
SATB, Unaccompanied
ECS No. 2672

Duration: 3.5"
Level of Difficulty: Medium

This, one of Thompson’s finest sacred works, uses a text by Robert Herrick (1591-1674). “Christ, He requires still, wheresoer’er He comes, / To feed, or lodge, to have the best of rooms: / Give Him the choice; grant Him the nobler part / Of all the house; the best of all’s the heart.” It was composed in Gstaad, Switzerland in 1963 for the Northwestern University Chorus, Evanston Illinois, and has since enjoyed considerable popularity with both church and concert choirs.
SATB and Piano or Orchestra
ECS No. 3003

Duration: 22"
Level of Difficulty: Medium

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 B-flat clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets in C, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion (one player: snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, suspended cymbals, triangle), timpani, strings.
Edward Everett Hale’s (1822-1909) The Ballad of the Bridge, which appeared in the Century Magazine in 1882 for Patriot’s Day, serves as the text for the first movement (11.5 minutes) of this three-movement work. The poem tells of the famous Battle of Old North Bridge (April 19, 1775), as Americans sought their independence from British rule. The brief (1.5 minutes) second movement is an a cappella setting fro the inscription on Old North Bridge, “Here began the separation of two kindred nations now happily united in peace.” Robert Frost (1875-1963) provided the test for the last movement, The Gift Outright, which the famed American poet read at the Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy in 1961. (The last two movements are also available in a separate octavo, The Gift Outright, #3015.)
SATB, Unaccompanied
ECS No. 2782

Duration: 5.5"
Level of Difficulty: Medium

The Eternal Dove was composed in 1968 to honor Harvard University Professor G. Wallace Woodworth, “my close friend and colleague for more than forty years.” It is closely related to the composer’s Mass of the Holy Spirit of which Dr. Woodworth gave the first complete performance. The complete text, by Joseph Beaumont (1615-1699) is as follows: “Fountain of sweets! Eternal Dove! / Which leav’st thy glorious perch above, And hovering down, vouchsafe thus / To make thy nest below with us. / Soft as thy softest feathers, may / We find thy love to us today; / And in the shelter of thy wing / Obtain thy leave and grace to sing / Hallelujah.”
SATB, Unaccompanied
ECS No. 2957

Duration: 10.0"
Level of Difficulty: Medium

This 10-minute work was written for performance by the combined high scholl choirs of Calhoun, Kennedy, and Mepham, New York, in 1973. The three-stanza poem by Walter De La Mare (1873-1956) closes with, “Look thy last on all things lovely, / Every hour. Let no night / Seal thy sense in deathly slumber / Till to delight / Thou have paid thy utmost blessing; Since that all things wouldst praise / Beauty took from those who loved them / In other days.”

Cantata for SATB with Brass Choir and Harp or Piano
ECS No. 2675

Duration: 14.o"
Level of Difficulty: Medium-Easy
Instrumentation: 2 trumpets in C, 2 horns, 2 trombones, tuba, harp

Movements: 1. The Stars in Their Watches (Baruch 3:34): "The stars shine in their watches, and rejoice: when He calleth them, they say, Here we be; and so with cheerfulness they shew light unto Him that made them." 2. Nocturne (Psalm 81:3): "Blow up the trumpet in the new moon." 3. God is gone up with a shout (Psalm 47, 5, 6, 7): "God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding."

SATB, Solo Baritone and Strings or Piano
See individual catalog numbers below

Total Duration: ca. 30.0"
Level of Difficulty: Medium-Easy

This attractive suite alternates three movements for chorus with two for solo voice. The first, The Light of Stars (ECS No.3052), is for unaccompanied mixed voices. The poetry is that of Henry Wadsworth Long fellow (1807-1882) who wrote, "This poem was written on a beautiful summer night. The moon, a little strip of silver, was just setting behind the groves of Mount Auburn, and the planet Mars blazing in the southeast. There was a singular light in the sky." The second movement, The Passenger (ECS No.119) is 6 1/2 minutes and is for solo baritone and strings ad lib. The text is M. A. DeWolfe Howe's poignant poem from Sundown. For the third movement the chorus returns with Two Worlds (ECS No. 3041), text by Edmund Waller (1606-1687), with strings ad libitum. The beautiful Siciliano (Love is like a Wind upon the water) (ECS No.162) is again for solo baritone (strings ad lib.) and is the fourth movement. The four-stanza poem, by Thompson's close friend and colleague, Philip Rhinelander, likens the moods of love to different aspects of nature. The Happy Shore (ECS No. 3053), for SATB and strings with text by Edmund Spencer (1552-1588), completes this cycle which was premiered in 1978 at the Rocky Ridge Music Festival, Estes Park, Colorado.

For Combinations of Men's and Women's Voices with Piano or Orchestra

Total Duration: 25.0"
Level of Difficulty: Medium-Easy

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets {B-flat and A), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 1 trumpet, triangle, glockenspiel, harp, strings.
This suite of Seven Country Songs, on poems of Robert Frost, is one of Thompson's most appealing and often-performed secular works. Since it was first performed in 1958 for the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Amherst, Massachusetts, the work has continued to be popular with high school, college, and community choirs.
The movements are published separately as follows:
The Road Not Taken (SATB, ECS No. 2485)
The Pasture (TTB, ECS No. 2181)
Come In (SAA, ECS No. 2539)
The Telephone (SAA/TTBB dialogue, ECS No. 2486)
A Girl's Garden (SAA, ECS No. 2540)
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (TBB, ECS No. 2182)
Choose Something Like a Star (SATB, ECS No. 2487)
The composer later also arranged the last movement for SSAA voices (ECS No. 2588).

For Four-part Voices, Unaccompanied

SATB (ECS No. 2490)
SSAA (ECS No. 2531)
TTBB (ECS No. 2175)

Duration: 6.0"
Level of Difficulty: Medium

Complete text: "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. (Psalm 122:1)...the Lord is in His holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him. (Habakkuk 2:20)...this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. "(Genesis 28:17). Composed for the dedication of the Jessie Ball duPont Chapel, Hollins College, Virginia, 1959. It is particularly suitable for the dedication of religious buildings.
SATB, Unaccompanied
ECS No.2470

Duration: 1.5"
Level of Difficulty: Medium-Easy

An ideal short work for Christmas, the text is the familiar, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will t'ward men." (Luke 2, 14).
For Four-part Voices & Small Orchestra (or Flute and Keyboard)

SATB (ECS No.2958)
SSAA (ECS No.2829)

Duration: 5.o"
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Instrumentation: flute, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, organ, strings

For this 1973 commission as part of a many-sided celebration devoted to the various aspects of "The Challenge of Excellence," Thompson selected a text by George Wither (1588-1667). The composer writes, "The Greek inscription on the cover, GNOTHI SAUTON (Know Thyself), was carved in gold letters over the entrance to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Socrates made this his motto. More than 2500 years old, it is still one of the greatest of all mottoes, and certainly one of the most difficult to live up to. In the last line of the Hymn, George Wither links this Hellenic ideal with two biblical ideals, also highly demanding. He and many of his 17th- century contemporaries, notably John Milton, mingled Humanism and the Bible--like true sons of the late Renaissance." The choral scores contain a separate part for performance with flute and keyboard.

SATB, Unaccompanied
ECS No. 1782

Duration: 1.5"
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy

An arrangement of the Somersetshire folksong, composed in 1938 for the University of California Chorus. Complete text: "As I was awalking one morning in the Spring, I met a pretty damsel, so sweetly she did sing; And as we were walking unto me this did she say: There is no life like the ploughboy's all in the month of May. The lark in the morn she will rise up from her nest, And mount up in the air with the dew all on her breast; And like the pretty ploughboy she will whistle and will sing, And at night she will return to her own nest back again."

For Four-part Voices and Orchestra, Concert Band, or Keyboard
SATB (ECS No. 2294)
TTBB (ECS No. 2154)

Duration: 3.0"
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Orchestra: 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets in A, bass clarinet in A, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, 2 percussion, harp, strings
Band: 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 bassoons, 3 clarinets in B-flat, alto clarinet in E-flat, bass clarinet in B-flat, contrabass clarinet in B-flat or contrabassoon, 2 alto saxophones in E-flat, tenor saxophone in B-flat, baritone saxophone in E-flat, 3 trumpets in B-flat, 4 horns, 3 trombones, baritone, 2 tubas, string bass, timpani, 2 percussion, harp

One of the classic choral works of the twentieth century. Though the text (2 Samuel, xxiii, 3,4) is sacred, this has become a staple in the repertoire of church and school choirs alike. A survey published in the journal of the American Choral Directors Association identified The Last Words of David as one of the "top ten" accessible choral masterworks upon which a choral repertoire might be built.
Four-part Chorus with Piano, Organ, or Harp
SATB (ECS No.2688)
SSAA (ECS No.2578)

Duration: 9.0"
Level of Difficulty: Easy

A very attractive setting of the ever-popular 23rd Psalm. The triplet motif in the accompaniment of this pastorale is particularly effective when played on the harp.

SATB (and SSAATTBB), Unaccompanied
See catalog numbers of individual movements
This communion service, though appropriate for any season of the Church year, was designed especially for use at Whitsuntide. It can also serve very effectively as concert repertoire, either in its entirety or excerpted.
The movements are in English (except for the Kyrie) and are published as follows:
1. Kyrie (ECS No.2463)
2. Gloria (SSAATTBB, ECS No. 2464)
3. Credo (ECS No. 2465)
4. Sanctus (SSAATTBB, ECS No.2466)
5. Benedictus (ECS No.2467)
6. Hosanna (ECS No.2468)
7. Agnus Dei (ECS No.2469)

Duration: 34.0"
Level of Difficulty: Medium-Difficult

SATB/SATB or SATB with Antiphonal Instruments or Organ
ECS No. 2921

Duration: 2.0"
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy

In this very easy and majestic setting of the famous hymn, "0 God, Our Help in Ages Past," Thompson made use of his skills in contrapuntal writing. This antiphonal setting in inverse contrary imitation may be performed by two choirs of mixed voices, or a choir of mixed voices and a choir of winds ( or brass, or strings, or a combination thereof), or mixed voices alternating with organ. An orchestral version, which also might be used as accompaniment to the choral setting, appears as an interlude in the Ode to the Virginian Voyage (q.v.).
SATB and Piano
ECS No. 4359

Duration: 4.0"
Level of Difficulty: Medium-Easy

Thompson originally composed this setting from the Book of Job (38: 1-2, 4, 6-7) for chorus and orchestra for the Silver Jubilee of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, 1978. In 1983 Thompson revised the work, omitting the orchestral accompaniment in favor of brief passages for piano.
SA and Piano
ECS No.4288

Duration: 1.5"
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy

This song originally appeared as one of Four Songs for Children (medium voice & piano), along with his well-known Velvet Shoes (q.v.). The poetry and musical textures of both make them particularly well- suited to performance by children's choirs.
SATB, Soloists, and Small Orchestra
Piano-vocal: ECS No.622
Chorus part: ECS No. 622A

Total Duration: 1' 30"
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy
Orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, percussion (timpani, suspended cymbal, triangle, tambourine), organ, strings, and optional church bells.

A Musical Drama in Seven Scenes. An ideal work for those wishing to present a staged (or semi-staged) musical work at Christmas time. It is easy to perform and provides many opportunities for both adults and children to participate as soloists or choir members or in non-singing roles. Suitable for performance in a church or theatre. A stage guide is available.
Setting: The Holy Land. Time: The Age of Augustus.
Solo Roles: Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Contralto, 2 Tenors, 3 Baritones, 2 Basses, 2 Boys (SA).
Movements: 1. Zacharias and the Angel, 2. The Annunciation, 3. The Visitation, 4. The Naming of John, 5. The Apparition, 6. The Adoration.
Excerpts published separately:
Nowel SATB (ECS No.2643), SSAA (ECS No.2567), TTBB (ECS No. 2300)
And The Child Grew SATB (ECS No.2644)

Solos published separately:
Magnificat: My soul doth magnify the Lord for soprano (ECS No.124)
Lullaby: Upon my lap my sov'reign sits for soprano (ECS No.125)
SSA, Unaccompanied
ECS No.1985

Duration: 1.5"
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy

In response to a complaint from his students about having to use Latin texts, Dr. Thompson composed this motet at the blackboard for his class in modal counterpoint. The text is the familiar bedtime prayer from The New England Primer.
SATB & Piano or Orchestra
ECS No.2433

Duration: 25"
Level of Difficulty: Medium
Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, triangle, snare drum, cymbals, bass drum, harp, strings .

Michael Dray ton (1563-1631) wrote the text of Ode to the Virginian Voyage in 1606. Sir Walter Raleigh had reported the glories of the New World; the Rev. Richard Hakluyt's Voyages had described the merits and methods of exploration; the defeat of the Spanish Armada had made the seas safe for British sailors. Why did the settlers not set forth? Drayton's "Ode" was an exhortation to "Go Photo 11 and subdue." It is said that those who finally set sail on New Year's Day, 1607, sang the "Ode" during their four and a half months' voyage. This setting was composed at the invitation of the Virginia 350th Anniversary Commission, in honor of the first permanent English Settlement in the New World, May, 1607, and aims to recapture something of the musical spirit of the epoch in which the text was written.
Movements: 1. Sinfonia, 2. You brave heroic minds, 3. Earth's Only Paradise, 4. In kenning of the shore (In an orchestral interlude, a fanfare portrays the sighting of land and a chorale-prelude on the hymn, St. Anne, suggests the voyagers' prayer of thanksgiving.) 5. And in regions far, 6. Thy voyages attend (Fuga), 7. Finale: Go and subdue!
For Mixed Voices & Men's Voices, with and without Accompaniment

Duration: ca. 25"
Level of Difficulty: Medium-Difficul
While studying in Rome in the early 1920's, Thompson was highly impressed by the madrigal sequences of Vecchi and others. The immediate manifestation of this principle was this great sequence of settings of the Odes of the Roman poet Horace (65-8 B.C.). Though one of his very earliest choral works, Thompson here displayed his extraordinary understanding of vocal writing.
Published as follows:
1. O Venus, regina Cnidi Paphique (Invocation to Venus)for SSATTBB and piano or orchestra (flute, 2 clarinets, cymbal, snare drum, piano, strings) (ECS No.1623)
2. Vitas hinnuleo me similis, Chloe (To Chloe) for unaccompanied SATB (ECS No.1624)
3. Montium custos nemorumque, Virgo (Dedication of a Pine Tree to Diana) for unaccompanied SATB (ECS No.1625)
4. Quis multa gracilis (To Pyrrha) for unaccompanied TTBB (ECS No.539)
5. O fons Bandusia, splendidior vitro (To the Fountain of Bandusia) for unaccompanied SATBB (ECS No.1626)
6. Felices ter (Thrice happy they) for unaccompanied SATB (ECS No.2416)
Although English translations are provided, the Odes should be performed in Latin. The last, Felices ter, was not added to the sequence until 1953. It was written to honor Thompson's mentor at Harvard University, Dr. Archibald T. Davison, on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The opening lines to this ode are carved in one of the stone gates of Harvard Yard.
For SATB Chorus, Soloists, and Orchestra
ECS No.2695

Duration: 1.5"
Level of Difficulty: Medium
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (piccolo) 2 oboes ( English horn ), 2 B-flat clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets in C, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, tenor drum, large wooden mallet or gavel, strings.

Among the accounts of the Passion given in the Gospels, Saint Luke's is outstanding for its directness and simplicity, its poetical imagery, and its terrible irony. Yet settings of it are very rare. Settings of many beautiful passages from Luke's version are numerous but his account in its entirety has been generally neglected. Thompson composed this 1 1/2-hour Oratorio in Ten Scenes for the 150th anniversary of the Handel & Haydn Society.
It is, in a sense, a sequel to his Nativity According to St. Luke (q.v.). The text is taken from Chapters 19, 22 and 23. In the preface to the printed edition the composer concluded, "My highest hope is that those who perform it, and those who hear it, may share something of the profound experience and ultimate sense of elevation that have been mine in setting it to music."
Movements: 1. The Entry into Jerusalem, 2. The Passover, 3. The Institution of the Lord's Supper, 4. The Agony in the Garden, 5. Peter's Denial, 6. The Mocking of Jesus; His Confession, 7. The Trial, 8. The March to Calvary, 9. The Crucifixion, 10. The Entombment.
The principal solo roles are for baritone and tenor. Smaller roles, which may be sung by members of the choir, are for mezzo-soprano, baritones, and bass-baritone.
SATB (and SATB-SATB), unaccompanied
ECS No.1730

Duration: ca. 23'
Level of Difficulty: Medium

A sequence of sacred choruses on texts from the prophecy of Isaiah. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Douglas Moore (Chairman of the Music Department of Columbia University) wrote to Thompson in 1936, saying, "...I want to go on record in writing' as believing that you have written the best modern choral work I have heard. It is good from every point of view. Technical treatment of the voices, understanding and expression of the text, and actual musical content which is fresh and beautiful." His sentiments have been echoed by choral conductors ever since. The Peaceable Kingdom has become established as a masterpiece of unaccompanied choral writing.
The movements are also published separately:
1. Say ye to the righteous (ECS No.1747)
2. Woe unto them (ECS No.1748)
3. The noise of the multitude (ECS No.1749)
4. Howl ye, SATB-SATB (ECS No.1750)
5. The paper reeds by the brook (ECS No.1751)
6. But these are they that forsake the Lord, SATB-SATB (ECS No.1752)
7. Have ye not known? and 8. Ye shall have a song (7 & 8 are published together: ECS No.1753)
For Two to Four-part Treble Voices (SSAA) with Chamber Orchestra or Piano

See separate catalog numbers below
Duration: 26'
Level of Difficulty: Medium

Instrumentation: .flute, oboe, clarinet in B-.flat, bassoon, strings.
The Place of the Blest was written for the Boys Choir of Saint Thomas Church, New York City. The majority of the four-movement work employs only one, two or three voices at a time.
It is published as follows:
1. The Carol of the Rose (text: Robert Herrick) ECS No. 2800, 2. The Pelican (text: Richard Wilbur) and 3. The Place of the Blest (text: Robert Herrick) published together as ECS No.2801, 4. Alleluia (or Alleluia, Amen), ECS No.2839
Cantata for SATB and Children's Chorus with Orchestra, Piano, or Organ
ECS No.2746

Duration: 40'
Level of Difficulty: Medium

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, harp, strings.
Thompson selected Psalm 107 as the text for this seven- movement cantata which was composed not specifically for the national holiday, but to fulfill a commission for a work of general thanksgiving stressing the importance and beauty of giving thanks, of gratitude. It opens with an orchestral chorale prelude on the very familiar hymn tune, Nun danket alle Gott ("Now thank we all our God"), and closes with a full choral version of the same. (This final choral version is also published separately as ECS No.4008.) The remaining movements constitute the entire psalm.
Movements: Chorale Prelude, 1. O give thanks unto the Lord, 2, They wandered in the wilderness 3. Such as sit in darkness, 4. Foolish men are plagued, 5. They that go down to the sea in ships, 6. He turneth the wilderness, 7. Now thank we all our God.
For Double Chorus, Unaccompanied (or with Instrumental Choir)

Duration: 3.5"
Level of Difficulty: Medium

Pueri Hebraeorum was composed in 1928 for the Wellesley College Choir, when the enrollment grew to twice the size the chancel could accommodate. The choirs sang back and forth from opposite ends of the chapel. Jacob Handl's Haec Dies had suggested the pattern for eight-part chorus. The voice parts may be doubled by two quartets of similar instruments. The text is in Latin. Particularly suitable for Palm Sunday. Translation: "The children of Israel, bearing branches of olive trees, clearing the way for the Lord, crying out and shouting Glory be to God in the highest."
Dramatic Dialogue for Double Chorus of Mixed Voices, Unaccompanied
Requiem (Full Choral Score), #2459, (SATB/SSAATTBB),
[Memorial], $46.20.

Duration: 1' 20"
Level of Difficulty: Medium-Difficult

Cast in the form of a dramatic dialogue between two choruses depicting the triumph of faith over death, this is not a liturgical mass. It was commissioned by the University of California for the dedication of its new music buildings and was performed there in May of 1958 as part of the Morrison Music Festival.
Catalog numbers are included next to those movements which are published separately.
Part I: Lamentations,
Part II: The Triumph of Faith: 1. Why make ye this ado?, 2. What man is he that liveth and shall not see death? , 3. Good tidings to the meek (ECS No.2638), Part III: The Call to Song, 1. Be filled with the spirit, 2. O let the nations be glad, 3. Sing unto Him, 4. Utter a Song, Part IV: The Garment of Praise (ECS No.2639) 1. Sing with the spirit, 2. Let everything that hath breath, 3. Let them give glory, 4. Praise Him all ye stars of light, 5. I am their music, Part V: The Leave-taking, 1. Ye were sometimes darkness (Walk as children of light) (ECS No.2640), 2. The Lord shall be unto thee (ECS No.2641), 3. Return unto thy rest, 4. Thou hast given him (ECS No.2642), 5. Amen and amen, alleluia (ECS No. 2673)
SSAA (and SSA), Unaccompanied
ECS No.1023

Duration: 11.0"
Level of Difficulty: Medium

In the late 1920's Thompson met Stephen Vincent Benet and was fascinated to read his Tiger Joy. When he received a commission to write something for the Women's University Glee Club of New York, he found that there were four poems about Rosemary scattered through this collection. He seized the opportunity to create a cycle of American verse by a single author, revolving around a single subject, a genre which Thompson developed and perfected. The composer must have been particularly drawn to the young girl in this cycle as he later named his own daughter in her honor.
Movements: 1. Chemical Analysis, 2. A Sad Song, 3. A Nonsense Song, 4. To Rosemary on the methods by which she might become an angel
SOLOMON AND BALKIS (The Butterfly that Stamped)
Opera in One Act
ECS No.2031

The libretto for this one-hour opera is adapted from the Just So Stories of Rudyard Kipling. Solo roles: SSATB. Because this work is essentially one for solo voices and contains only brief sections for women's chorus, no further details will be given in this catalog.
A Christmas Song for Unison Treble Voices & Keyboard
ECS No.4289

Duration: 2"
Level of Difficulty: Easy

An exuberant setting (originally for solo voice) of Robert Lee Wolff’s poem. Refrain: "It's the solstice, the time when the sun stands still, outside you and inside you, you feel a bitter chill. It's the solstice, when the cold north wind could kill; but hold your breath and it's Christmas, Peace on earth, and to men good will."
TTBB and Piano or Orchestra
ECS No.560

Duration: 11.0"
Level of Difficulty: Medium
Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, bass drum, snare drum, tambourine, cymbals, triangle, castanets, strings

In this 1937 work composed for the Yale University Glee Club, Thompson makes use of some Latin American dance rhythms as the accompaniment humorously whirls about the choral parts. Though the vocal writing is not particularly difficult, performance with piano will require an accompanist with excellent technique. Text by Hillaire Belloc.
SATB, unaccompanied

Duration: Bittersweet 3"; Antiphon 3.5"
Level of Difficulty: Medium-Difficul
These two settings of texts by the famous English poet, George Herbert (1593-1633) complement each other well in their sharp contrast and show Thompson at his finest. The poignant and profoundly religious Bitter-Sweet (ECS No.2904) is dedicated to the memory of his young granddaughter, Katie. It is paired with an equally moving setting of the jubilant Antiphon (ECS No.2915), "Let all the world in every corner sing!"
For Two-part Treble Voices (SA) and Piano
ECS No.2526

Duration: 3.5"
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy
The three-stanza text by Elinor Wylie evokes the beautiful tranquility of a walk in the snow. "Under veils of white lace... We shall walk in velvet shoes: Wherever we go Silence will fall like dews On the white silence below..." Originally conceived for medium voice and piano (ECS No.114), Thompson later wrote this version for young voices.

ECS No. 694
Note: Limited stock

Reprinted from the American Choral Review, this special issue was compiled to honor the composer on his 75th birthday. Contains critical essays by James Haar, Elliot Forbes, and Alfred Mann, and extended notes by Dr. Thompson. Dates of composition and first performances also included. A rich source for studies of his music and for the writing of program notes.
Contents: 1. Preface, 2. Writing for the Amateur Chorns, 3. On Contrapuntal Technique, 4. The story of an Alleluia, 5. Notes on a Requiem, 6. Randall Thompson and the Music of the Past, 7. Psalm and Gospel Settings, 8. Americana, 9. Five Love Songs, 10. Indexed references to eighteen of his choral works

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