Randall Thompson

Fellow: Awarded 1929

Field of Study: Music Composition

Fellow: Awarded 1930

Field of Study: Music Composition

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 04-21-1899

Died: 07-09-1984

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1929–30:

Thompson, Randall:  Appointed for creative work in musical composition, abroad; tenure, twelve months from October 1, 1929.

Born April 12, 1899, at New York City. Education: Harvard University, A. B., 1920, M. A., 1922 (Naumberg Fellowship, 1922); studied under Ernest Bloch, 1920–21; The American Academy in Rome (Walter Damrosch Fellowship), 1922–25.

Lecturer, 1927–28, Assistant Professor of Music, 1928–29, Wellesley College.

Principal Compositions: Pierrot and Cothurnus, prelude for orchestra, performed by the Augusteo Orchestra, conducted by the composer, at the American Academy in Rome, 1923, and performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, Rochester, 1925 and 1926; The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, tone poem for full orchestra, performed by the Augusteo Orchestra, conducted by the composer, at the American Academy in Rome, 1924, and performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Hanson conducting, 1927 and 1928; Piano Sonata No. 2, performed by the composer, at the American Academy in Rome, 1925; The Wind in the Willows, performed by the Quartetto Veneziano, at the American Academy in Rome, 1925, and by the Helen Anderson Galleries, New York City, 1926; The Light of Stars, choral work, performed by the Radcliffe Choral Society and the Harvard Choir, 1919; Odes of Horace, performed by the chorus of San Salvatore, conducted by the composer, at the American Academy in Rome, 1925; Pueri Hebraeorum, performed by the Wellesley College Choir, conducted by the composer, 1928, and performed by the Women’s University Glee Club, conducted by Gerald Reynolds, 1928.