Frostiana (tr Silvester)

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Randall Thompson

Randall Thompson (trans. William Silvester)

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Subtitle: Seven Country Songs

General Info

Year: 1959 / 1986
Duration: c. 29:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chorus and piano
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact William Silvester


1. The Road Not Taken - 4:35
2. The Pasture - 3:00
3. Come In- 4:38
4. The Telephone - 2:51
5. A Girl's Garden - 3:12
6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - 4:23
7. Choose Something Like a Star - 5:24


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Program Notes

Frostiana: Seven Country Songs is a piece for mixed chorus and piano composed in 1959 by Randall Thompson. It premiered on October 18, 1959, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Thompson later scored the piece for chamber orchestra and chorus, in which version it was first performed on April 23, 1965.

Thompson was commissioned by the town of Amherst to write a piece commemorating its bicentennial in 1959. The town was known for its association with Robert Frost, who had lived there for some years. Frost had known Thompson for some time, and admired his music; accordingly, it was decided that the commemorative work would be a setting of some of Frost's poetry. The town suggested The Gift Outright; Thompson, however, feared that the text was inappropriate for the occasion, and asked to be allowed to choose his own texts. In the end, the composer selected seven poems, with which he constructed a seven-movement suite of choral art songs.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

William Silvester first heard Frostiana in the early 1960s. He transcribed it for wind ensemble in 1986 for the New Jersey Governor's School of Music.

- Program Note by William Silvester

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

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  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville and Rosalind Hall, conductors) – 7 November 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Frostiana, Wikipedia Accessed 6 November 2018
  • Kirk Saville, personal correspondence, November 2018
  • William Silvester, personal correspondence, November 2018