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Randall Thompson
1899 - 1984
United States of America, NY
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R. Thompson
Randall Thompson (21/04/1899 - 09/07/1984), an American composer and educationist, born in New York. He was a pupil of Spalding, Hill and Davison.
Source:Grove's dictionary of music and musicians
Composed in:1958
Musical form:free
This is an a cappella Requiem, a dramatic dialogue in five parts : for double chorus of mixed voices unaccompanied.
Thompson's dream of composing a cycle based on sacred texts was realized for the first time, and he would benefit from the experience in composing many large works to come: Mass of the Holy Spirit, Requiem, and settings based on Saint Luke: The Nativity and The Passion. This kind of creative challenge was for Thompson the most stimulating for the exercise of his craft.
Author:Elliot Forbes
Conceived within the bounds of liturgical worship are a number of a cappella requiem settings, which display a simplicity and sobriety that recall the aims of the 19th-century Cecilian movement. Principal among these are those of Pizzetti (1922–3), Georges Migot (1953), Priaulx Rainier (1955), Randall Thompson (1958) and Iain Hamilton (1979).
Author:Steven Chang-Lin Yu
Notable contributors to the 20th-century repertory are Bresgen, Duruflé, Guerrini, Karg-Elert, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Maliszewski, Sutermeister, Thompson, Thomson, Zandonai and Zanella.
Author:James W. Pruett
Source:The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians