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Roger Goeb

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Roger Goeb, a composer whose works were admired for their deft coloration and inherent lyricism, died on Jan. 3, 1997 at the Parker Jewish Geriatric Institute in Queens. He was 82 and lived in Rockville Centre, L.I.

Mr. Goeb composed prolifically for orchestra and chamber combinations, and from the late 1940's through the early 1960's his music was performed frequently. Leopold Stokowski gave the world premiere of his Third Symphony in a live broadcast concert in 1952 and later recorded it.

Mr. Goeb was also active in the American Composers Alliance, which supports the performance, broadcast and recording of contemporary works.

Mr. Goeb was born in Cherokee, Iowa, in 1914. After early piano studies, he took up the trumpet, French horn, viola, violin and woodwind instruments. At the University of Wisconsin, he played in jazz bands and completed a degree in agriculture.

But after hearing a Beethoven concert by the Budapest String Quartet, he decided to pursue his musical studies more seriously, and in 1938 he enrolled at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, where he studied with Nadia Boulanger.

In 1939 he returned to the United States and continued his studies, privately with Otto Luening and at New York University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and what was then the State University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he taught harmony, counterpoint and orchestration during the 1944-45 academic year, while completing his doctorate and the first of his five symphonies.

In the late 1940's he taught orchestral instruments at Bard College, and from 1946 to 1962 he taught a summer course at the Bennington Composers Conference in Vermont. He received Guggenheim Fellowships in 1950 and 1951.

Besides his symphonies, Mr. Goeb's works include violin and piano concertos, the ''American Dances'' for string orchestra, a quintet for trombone and strings and four string quartets. Family illness led him to give up composing for more than a decade, starting in 1964, but after the death of his wife and his son, both from multiple sclerosis, he began composing again. The last of his five symphonies was completed in 1981. He composed 25 more works by 1986, when his activity was limited by a stroke.

He was survived by his daughters, Marilou Goeb of Manhattan and Kathleen Richards of Chicago.

-Allan Kozinn, New York Times

Compositions by Roger Goeb

orch(2-1-2-1, 2-2-2-0,timp,str
orch(2-1- 2-2,2-2-2-0,timp,str
STRING ORCHESTRA
cl, str qrt
2-1-1-1
tpt,hn,tbn
2 vln, vla, 2 vcl
fl,ob,cl,str orch
FL,OB,CL,PF
bsn, str orch
solo vcl pt
bsn, str qrt
solo vla, winds,brs(pic-2- 2-eh-2-bcl-2,3-3-3-1
vla, dbl wnd & brs qnt
cl,str orch,pf, perc
cl,str qrt
2-2-2-BCL-2, 4-3-3-1,TIMP,STR
Pic-1-2-2-2,4-2- 3-1,timp,perc,pf,str
pf,orch(2-1- 2-1,2-2-0-0-,timp,perc,solo pf, str
vln, orch(2- 2-2-2,3-2-1-0,timp, perc,pf,str(no cb???)
CELLO SOLO
fl,ob,hn,bsn,vcl
CELLO, FLUTE, OBOE, CLARINET, HORN, BASSOON
SMsopATB CHORUS
band(wind ensemble)
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2,4-3-3-1, timp, perc 2 & 3, str
satb, brs qnt
SATB CHORUS AND BRASS QUINTET
pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2, 4-3-3-1,3perc,str
OBOE, STRING ORCHESTRA
fl, str qrt
SOLO FLUTE
winds,brs,perc,str (nonet)
vla
cham orch(1-1-1-1,1-1-1-0, timp & perc, str
pf for chil
vln,vcl,pf
TRUMPET, SMALL ORCHESTRA
2 vlns(student use)
ob,str
winds,str qnt
voice chorus
FULL ORCHESTRA (INCL EUPHONIUM AND ALTO SAX)
TROMBONE AND STRING QUARTET
tbn,2-1-1
str qrt
orch(2-2-2-2,4-2-2-1,timp, perc, str
orch(2-2-2-2,4-2-2-1, 3 perc,str
baroque fl, hpschd
2/1/2001
vln,vla,vcl
FULL ORCHESTRA (INCL ALTO SAX AND EUPHONIUM)
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2,4-3- 3-1,timp, 3perc, str
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2, 4-3-3-1,timp,3perc,str
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2, 4-3-3-1,3perc,str
org, brs qnt
2 TRUMPET, 3 TROMBONE, ORGAN
sop, cham orch(1-1-1-0,1-1- 0-0, mmba, str
VIOLA AND CELLO
vlc,vcl
vln,pf
wind qnt, brs qnt
WOODWIND QUINTET