American composer Ira Randall Thompson (1899-1984) is often named one of America's ten best composers. In spite of such a subjective approach, Thompson's music has appeal for a wide and diverse array of listeners. In instrumental music, his Second Symphony stands out. For sacred choral music, little approaches the somber yet joyous Alleluia. Testament of Freedom is passionately patriotic while Frostiana honors the great American poet in a unique and gracious manner. Besides these, Thompson wrote operas, chamber pieces, and other works.
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Ira Randall Thompson
Biography and photograph from Thorpe Music Publishing Company with links to his catalogue of choral and vocal music.
Entry at Musicalics with life, education, related composers, and noted compositions.
Entry at the Lied and Art Songs Text Page with list of vocal works and links to public domain lyrics.
Thompson, Randall: Papers
A guide to holdings of the composer's non-choral and choral works at the Houghton Library of Harvard University.
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