Richard Pearson Thomas

Richard Pearson Thomas is known for his dozens of American song settings, including Race For the Sky, a song cycle which sets poems found on New York City streets after 9/11.

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About

Born in Montana, Richard Pearson Thomas studied at Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California.

In additon to his prolific song output, Thomas has also written several musicals. He teaches at Teachers College/Columbia University and has previously taught at Yale and the University of Central Florida.

For more information, please visit Richard Pearson Thomas’ website. His songs are published by Classical Vocal Repertoire.

–Christie Finn

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Recordings

Between the Bliss and Me. . . Songs to Poems of Emily Dickinson

(Ernst Bacon, Aaron Copland, John Woods Duke, Arthur Farwell, Lee Hoiby, Lori Laitman and Richard Pearson Thomas)

2009

Experience

(Lori Laitman and Richard Pearson Thomas)

2013

Five Borough Songbook

(Ricky Ian Gordon, Richard Pearson Thomas and Scott Wheeler)

2013

Shades of Love

(Richard Pearson Thomas)

2011

Secrets

(Christopher Berg, Tom Cipullo and Richard Pearson Thomas)

2004

Dwell in Possibility: Dickinson in Song

(Ernst Bacon, Aaron Copland, Celius Dougherty, John Woods Duke, Lee Hoiby, Richard Hundley, Jake Heggie, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, Etta Parker, Simon Sargon, Leo Smit and Richard Pearson Thomas)

2004

American Song Recital

(Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, Paul Bowles, John Corigliano, John Woods Duke, Richard Hundley, Lori Laitman, John Musto and Richard Pearson Thomas)

1992

Songs

A Little Nonsense

Song Collection

Richard Pearson Thomas

Edward Lear

At Last, To Be Identified

Song Collection

Richard Pearson Thomas

Emily Dickinson

At Last, To Be Identified!

Richard Pearson Thomas

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: At Last, To Be Identified

A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim

Richard Pearson Thomas

Walt Whitman

Song Collection: Drum-Taps: A Song Cycle of Whitman Poems

Beat! Beat! Drums!

Richard Pearson Thomas

Walt Whitman

Song Collection: Drum-Taps: A Song Cycle of Whitman Poems

Birthday

Richard Pearson Thomas

Christina Rossetti

Song Collection: Twilight

Calico Pie

Richard Pearson Thomas

Edward Lear

Song Collection: A Little Nonsense

Child, Child

Richard Pearson Thomas

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: Spring Rain

Dirge For Two Veterans

Richard Pearson Thomas

Walt Whitman

Song Collection: Drum-Taps: A Song Cycle of Whitman Poems

don't look for me anymore

Richard Pearson Thomas

Song Collection: Race For the Sky (Voices of 9/11)

Doubt Me! My Dim Companion!

Richard Pearson Thomas

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: At Last, To Be Identified

Drum-Taps: A Song Cycle of Whitman Poems

Song Collection

Richard Pearson Thomas

Walt Whitman

How My Life Has Changed

Richard Pearson Thomas

Song Collection: Race For the Sky (Voices of 9/11)

I Never Saw a Moor

Richard Pearson Thomas

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: At Last, To Be Identified

Ladies of Their Nights and Days

Song Collection

Richard Pearson Thomas

Richard Pearson Thomas

Mirage

Richard Pearson Thomas

Christina Rossetti

Song Collection: Twilight

O Tan-Faced Prairie Boy

Richard Pearson Thomas

Walt Whitman

Song Collection: Drum-Taps: A Song Cycle of Whitman Poems

Old Tunes

Richard Pearson Thomas

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: Spring Rain

Race For the Sky (Voices of 9/11)

Song Collection

Richard Pearson Thomas

Song

Richard Pearson Thomas

Christina Rossetti

Song Collection: Twilight

Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection

Richard Pearson Thomas

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Spring Rain

Song Collection

Richard Pearson Thomas

Sara Teasdale

Spring Rain

Richard Pearson Thomas

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: Spring Rain

The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver

Richard Pearson Thomas

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Ghost

Richard Pearson Thomas

Sara Teasdale

Song Collection: Spring Rain

The Pobble Who Has No Toes

Richard Pearson Thomas

Edward Lear

Song Collection: A Little Nonsense

The Owl and the Pussycat

Richard Pearson Thomas

Edward Lear

Song Collection: A Little Nonsense

The Road to Avrillé

Richard Pearson Thomas

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

There's a Certain Slant of Light

Richard Pearson Thomas

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: At Last, To Be Identified

To a Young Poet

Richard Pearson Thomas

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

To the Towers Themselves

Richard Pearson Thomas

Song Collection: Race For the Sky (Voices of 9/11)

To One Who Might Have Born a Message

Richard Pearson Thomas

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Twilight

Song Collection

Richard Pearson Thomas

Christina Rossetti

Vigil

Richard Pearson Thomas

Walt Whitman

Song Collection: Drum-Taps: A Song Cycle of Whitman Poems

What If I Say I Shall Not Wait!

Richard Pearson Thomas

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: At Last, To Be Identified

Wild Nights! Wild Nights!

Richard Pearson Thomas

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: At Last, To Be Identified

Sheet Music

A Little Nonsense

Composer(s): Richard Pearson Thomas

Voice Type: High

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At Last, To Be Identified

Composer(s): Richard Pearson Thomas

Voice Type: Soprano

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Drum-Taps: A Song Cycle of Whitman Poems

Composer(s): Richard Pearson Thomas

Voice Type: Baritone

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Ladies of Their Nights and Days

Composer(s): Richard Pearson Thomas

Voice Type: Mezzo Soprano

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Race For the Sky (Voices of 9/11)

Composer(s): Richard Pearson Thomas

Voice Type: High

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Songs to Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Composer(s): Richard Pearson Thomas

Voice Type: Soprano

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Spring Rain

Composer(s): Richard Pearson Thomas

Voice Type: High

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Twilight

Composer(s): Richard Pearson Thomas

Voice Type: High

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