Randall Thompson

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Birthday
21, 1899
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jul 9, 1984 (85)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
21, 1899
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jul 9, 1984 (85)

About

Best known for "Alleluia," "The Testament of Freedom," "Frostiana," and many other symphonies and choral works.

Before Fame

His earliest musical works were written in 1915. He entered Harvard the following year and applied to join the Glee Club, though his application was rejected.

Trivia

His masterpiece "Alleluia" was written in the span of four days at the request of maestro Sergey Koussevitzky for the opening of the new Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood.

Family Life

He was born in New York City. His father was an English teacher, and both parents emphasized the importance of education.

Associated With

He and Benjamin Britten, who was born about a decade after him, both became noted composers of choral works.

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