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Alleluia – Randall Thompson


(Released October 2014)

Downloadable recording of Exultate singing Randall Thompson’s marvelous choral classic.


In 1940, Thompson was commissioned to compose a choral work for the opening exercises of the new Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, to be performed by the entire student body. Distraught over the Nazi invasion of France, he could not bring himself to compose a joyous fanfare. Instead, he produced this profound and introspective piece, choosing the simple text alleluia but inspired by Job 1:21, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

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