Happy birthday, Randall

April 21, 2020

The name of American composer Randall Thompson (1899-1984) is familiar to anyone who has spent much time singing in choirs. “Alleluia,” composed in 1940, is one of his best-loved choral compositions, sung by choirs around the world.


Happy birthday, Robert

March 26, 2017

In celebration of the birthday of American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963), here is a choral setting by Randall Thompson of one of Frost’s best-loved poems.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


Musical offering for the winter solstice

December 21, 2016

Randall Thompson‘s hauntingly beautiful choral setting of a poem by Robert Frost.


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