Ira Randall Thompson (April 21, 1899 - July 9, 1984) is best known for his choral and vocal music and as a professor at Curtis Institute of Music and Harvard University. The son of an English teacher, Randall was always involved in an academic environment. He began musical study on the organ and his first attempts at composition began around 1915 with a piano sonata and a Christmas partsong. A year later he entered Harvard University and auditioned for the chorus but was turned down by its conductor, Archibald T. Davison, who eventually became his mentor. He stayed devoted music and composition, experimenting with many different styles before studying at the American Academy in Rome where, inspired by the master composers of the Renaissance, he developed the musical style which led him to the forefront of American choral composers. Thompson later mused, "My life has been an attempt to strike back."
|Other Artistic Personnel:
M. Willoughby Todd (Balkis)
Robert Soule (Solomon)
Philip Stolar (Butterfly)
Marjorie Rice (Butterfly's Wife)
Audrey Y. Dennison (Egyptian Queen)