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. He 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

ACA List for Roger Goeb

AMERICAN DANCE No. 1 (1952)
string orchestra
AMERICAN DANCE No. 2 (1952)
string orchestra
AMERICAN DANCE No. 4
orch 2-1-2-1, 2-2-2-0, timp, str
AMERICAN DANCE No.5
orch 2-1- 2-2, 2-2-2-0, timp, str
BLACK ON WHITE
cl, str qrt
BRASS QUINTET
2-1-1-1
BRASS TRIO
tpt,hn,tbn
CELLO QUINTET (1980)
2 vln, vla, 2 vcl
CONCERTANT 1A
fl,ob,cl,str orch
CONCERTANT 1B
FL,OB,CL,PF
CONCERTANT 2 (1952)
bsn, str orch
CONCERTANT 2A
solo vcl pt
CONCERTANT 2b (1957)
bsn, str qrt
CONCERTANT 3 (a)
solo vla, winds,brs(pic-2- 2-eh-2-bcl-2,3-3-3-1
CONCERTANT 3(B)
vla, dbl wnd & brs qnt
CONCERTANT 4(A)
cl,str orch,pf, perc
CONCERTANT 4(B)
cl,str qrt
CONCERTINO FOR ORCHESTRA
2-2-2-BCL-2, 4-3-3-1,TIMP,STR
CONCERTINO FOR ORCHESTRA II
Pic-1-2-2-2,4-2- 3-1,timp,perc,pf,str
CONCERTO FOR PIANO & ORCHESTRA
pf,orch(2-1- 2-1,2-2-0-0-,timp,perc,solo pf, str
CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN & ORCHESTRA
vln, orch(2- 2-2-2,3-2-1-0,timp, perc,pf,str(no cb???)
CONTRASTS
CELLO SOLO
DECLARATIONS
fl,ob,hn,bsn,vcl
DECLARATIONS
CELLO, FLUTE, OBOE, CLARINET, HORN, BASSOON
EMBLEMS I
SMsopATB CHORUS
ENCOMIUM
band(wind ensemble)
ESSAY
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2,4-3-3-1, timp, perc 2 & 3, str
ETUDES
satb, brs qnt
ETUDES
SATB CHORUS AND BRASS QUINTET
FANTASIA FOR ORCHESTRA
pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2, 4-3-3-1,3perc,str
FANTASY FOR OBOE AND STRINGS
OBOE, STRING ORCHESTRA
FLUTE QUINTET
fl, str qrt
GIGUE FOR ANGELINA
SOLO FLUTE
HURRY
winds,brs,perc,str (nonet)
IMAGERY
vla
IOWA CONCERTO
cham orch(1-1-1-1,1-1-1-0, timp & perc, str
JESTING
pf for chil
KINEMATIC TRIO
vln,vcl,pf
LYRIC PIECE
TRUMPET, SMALL ORCHESTRA
MINUTIAE
2 vlns(student use)
OBOE QUARTET
ob,str
OCTET
winds,str qnt
PHRASES FROM BLAKE 2
voice chorus
PRAIRIE SONGS
FULL ORCHESTRA (INCL EUPHONIUM AND ALTO SAX)
QUINTET FOR TROMBOME AND STRINGS (1952)
TROMBONE AND STRING QUARTET
QUINTET, Tbn & Str
tbn,2-1-1
RUNNING COLORS
str qrt
SINFONIA no 2
orch(2-2-2-2,4-2-2-1,timp, perc, str
SINFONIA no 3
orch(2-2-2-2,4-2-2-1, 3 perc,str
SOLAR PAIRING
baroque fl, hpschd
STRING QUARTET 2
2/1/2001
STRING TRIO
vln,vla,vcl
SYMPHONY 1
FULL ORCHESTRA (INCL ALTO SAX AND EUPHONIUM)
SYMPHONY 4
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2,4-3- 3-1,timp, 3perc, str
SYMPHONY 5
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2, 4-3-3-1,timp,3perc,str
SYMPHONY 6
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2, 4-3-3-1,3perc,str
THREE PROCESSIONALS
org, brs qnt
THREE PROCESSIONALS
2 TRUMPET, 3 TROMBONE, ORGAN
TWO VOCALISE
sop, cham orch(1-1-1-0,1-1- 0-0, mmba, str
URBANE DUETS
VIOLA AND CELLO
URBANE DUETS
vlc,vcl
VARIATIONS
vln,pf
WINDS PLAYING
wind qnt, brs qnt
WOOD QUINTET
WOODWIND QUINTET

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