Frederic Goossen

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Frederic Goossen (1927-2011) was educated at the University of Minnesota, completing a PhD in 1954 under Donald Ferguson (composition), James Aliferis (composition and theory), and William Lindsay (piano). He also studied privately with Arthur Shepard (composition) and Melville Smith (counterpoint) at the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, Mass.

Goossen has composed over 100 works in a variety of genres, many of which have been recorded by CRI, New World, and Opus One.

After teaching at University of Minnesota and Berea College (KY), Mr. Goossen joined the faculty of of University of Alabama where he remained as Professor of Composition and Director of Graduate Studies until retiring as Professor Emeritus.

In 1991 Mr. Goosen received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for lifetime achievement in music composition.

Jacob Frederic Goossen passed away June 10, 2011. He was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota July 30, 1927, the only child of the late Jacob F. and Marcia Eldred Goossen. He was educated in the public schools of St. Cloud and graduated from Technical High School in 1945. He attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1949 and a Master of Arts in 1950. After private musical study in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a period working as a newspaper reporter, Goossen returned to the University of Minnesota to take a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1954.

Following three years on the faculty of Berea College, Kentucky, where he met and married his wife Shirley Reed  Goossen, he joined the music faculty of the University of Alabama in 1958, a position he held until his retirement from the University in 1996. During his tenure at Alabama, Goossen taught all aspects of musical composition and theory and served for 25 years as Director of Graduate Studies in Music.

For nearly 40 years he wrote a weekly column on the fine arts for The Tuscaloosa News, and in his early years in Tuscaloosa served as the newspaper's regular music, art, and theater critic.

A composer, Goossen wrote nearly 150 works of music, many commercially published by ACA and recorded. In 1991 the American Academy of Arts and Letters bestowed upon him an award in recognition of his lifetime achievement in music. Goossen edited a volume of essays by the American composer Ross Lee Finney, published by the University of Alabama Press, and contributed regular book reviews to Choice Magazine of the Music Library Association. He wrote program notes for the concerts of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and the String Quartet Society of Tuscaloosa, and maintained a voluminous correspondence with professional and personal friends worldwide.

Goossen's musical manuscripts and other papers are housed in an archive in the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library of the University of Alabama. He was instrumental in preparing a similar archive for the materials of his late colleague, the composer Harry Garrett Phillips, and arranged for the inclusion of his own orchestral works, and for those of Phillips and of the American composer Arthur Shepherd in the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music in the Free Library of Philadelphia. A complete, bound, collection of Goossen's works is included in the music section of the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library on the campus of the University of Alabama.

Goossen read widely in aesthetics, history, and in English and American literature. He was a member of the American Composers Alliance, New York, and a past president of the Southeastern Composers League. He was a lifelong Unitarian and for many years retained his membership in the First Parish, Unitarian-Universalist, of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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1 200th ANNIVERSARY PRAYER (1974)
satb,org

2 AMERICAN MEDITATIONS (1968)
SSA or 3-part boy's choir

3 AN EMILY DICKINSON SONGBOOK (2006)
Mezzo soprano, piano

5 AT CASTERBRIDGE FAIR (1952)
mez sop & hg bar,pf

6 BABEL (1990)
20 hns

7 CAVALIER TUNES (1955)
bar,pf

9 CLAUSULAE (1971)
vln, pf

12 CONCERTO FOR CLARINET AND ORCHESTRA (2001)
cl, orch: 2/pic-2-2-2-cbsn; 4-3-3-1; timp, perc; str

13 CONCERTO FOR FLUTE & TUNED PERCUSSION (1970)
fl, perc (1 pl): marimba, pr cym, 4 roto-toms, xylo, vibra

14 CONCERTO FOR OBOE (1989)
ob, orch(2-2-2-2- CBSN, 2-1-0-0,Timp, 2perc, str

16 CONCERTO FOR VIOLA & ORCH (1967)
vla, orch(2-2-2- 2,4-2-2-0,timp,perc,str

18 CONCERTO NO. 2 FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA (2003)
solo pf, orch: 2/pic-2-2-2 contrbsn; 4-3-0-0; perc (2); str

19 CORYBANT, for ORCH (1965)
orch(1-1-1-1,1-1-1-0, timp, 2perc, pf, str

20 DANCE MEASURES (1972)
orch(2-2-2-2,2-2-0-0, timp,str

21 DEATH BE NOT PROUD (1971)
ttbb

22 THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY (1973)
SATB, solo percussionist with side drum, tambourine, xylophone, pair of large cymbals, small cymbal tuned to A#, narrator (low voice)

25 ENTERTAINMENTS (1966)
orch(2-2-2-2,4-2-2-0, timp, perc, strings

26 EQUALE (1996)
Euphonium or tuba quartet

27 EQUALI (1970)
3tbns, 1 btbn

28 FANFARE OVERTURE (1996)
pic/2-2-ehn-Ebcl-3-acl-bcl-2-cbsn-sax(aatbar); 3cor-2tpt-4hn-2tbn-btbn-euph-tba; cb, pf; timp, perc

29 FANTASIES (1967)
vln,pf

30 FANTASY ON THE AGINCOURT SONG (1992)
Alto or baritone solo, TTBB, 2 pianos

31 FANTASY, ARIA & FUGUE (1973)
Piano

32 FANTASY-SONATA (1979)
Organ

33 FAREWELL TO FLORIDA (1981)
SATB

34 FESTIVAL ANTHEM (1992)
SATB

35 FOR ROY (2 PIANOS) (1980)
2 pianos

36 FOUR SONGS OF LOVE AND A FAREWELL (1971)
SATB, piano

37 GARLAND: FIVE POEMS OF BEN JONSON (1982)
Mezzo soprano

39 GRIMMTALES (1980)
Flute (2)/piccolo, oboe (2), clarinet (2), bassoon (2), contrabassoon, horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba, timpani (4), percussion (3), strings

40 HAE: IN MEMORIAM THOMAS MANN (1971)
Piccolo, flute (2), oboe (2), clarinet (2), bassoon (2), contrabassoon, horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba, percussion (2), timpani, strings

41 HODIE (1969)
SATB

42 INTERPLAY FOR THE DIRTY DOZEN (1985)
12 trombones

43 KUBLA KHAN (1974)
SATB

44 LABYRINTH (1983)
Piano

45 LANDSCAPES (1990)
Soprano, flute, percussion, piano

46 LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN (1971)
SATB, trumpet (4), trombone (2), bass trombone, tuba, timpani (4)

47 LITANIES (1963)
Flute (2), oboe (2), clarinet (2), bassoon (2), horn (4), trumpet (2), trombone (2), bass trombone, timpani, percussion (2), strings

48 MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE (Psalm 100) (1972)
SATB, organ

49 MINUTE DUETS (1988)
Flute, oboe

50 MUSIC FOR BRASS QUINTET, PERCUSSION, AND PIANO (1990)
brass 5tet: 2-1-1-1; perc (3 players)

51 MUSIC FOR CELLO ALONE (1977)
Cello

52 MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA (1973)
Flute (2), oboe (2), clarinet (2), bassoon (2), contrabassoon, horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (2), bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion, strings

53 MUSIC FOR VIOLIN ALONE (1993)
Violin

54 O GIVE THANKS (1972)
SATB, organ

55 OCTET (1988)
8 HNS

56 ODE (1964)
Mezzo soprano solo, flute (2), oboe (2), clarinet (2), bassoon (2), horn (4), trumpet (2), trombone (3), timpani, strings

57 OEDIPUS (1954)
fl, Eb/Bscl, bn, Bb tpt, tbn, 4 timp, perc (3 players): sd, td, susp cyms (2), pr cyms, trgl, gong, 2 wb, glock, xylo, tamb, cel, piano

58 ORPHEUS SINGING (1982)
Oboe (2), horn (2), timpani, strings (2-1-1-1)

60 PLENUM (1986)
Organ

61 PROSPERO'S SPELL (1982)
Flute (2)/piccolo, oboe (2), clarinet (2), bassoon (2), contrabassoon, horn (4), trumpet (3), trombone (3), tuba, timpani, percussion (2), strings

62 PYGMALION: A CHOREOGRAPHIC POEM (1951)
2 pianos

63 QUARTET (No. 1) (1961)
Violin, viola, clarinet, piano

64 QUARTET (No. 2) (1975)
Violin, viola, cello, piano

65 QUINTET (1990)
Clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, percussion, piano

66 QUINTET (1990)
Horn (2), violin, cello, piano

67 QUINTET FOR WINDS (1978)
Woodwind quintet: flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn

69 SERENADE (1988)
Piano

70 SINFONIA CONCERTANTE (1996)
Solo euphonium, piccolo, flute (2), oboe (2), english horn, clarinet (3), basset horn, bass clarinet, bassoon (2), contrabass, alto saxophone (2), horn (4), trumpet, trombone (3), euphonium, timpani, percussion, piano, double bass

71 SIX CHORALES FOR ORGAN (1967)
Organ

72 SKYLARK SONGS: FIVE SONGS TO POEMS OF SHELLEY (1994)
soprano and piano

73 SOLILOQUY FOR SOLO VIOLONCELLO (2005)
Violoncello unaccompanied

74 SONATA (for Bb Clarinet and Piano) (1986)
Clarinet, piano

75 SONATA FOR ALTO SAXOPHONE & PIANO (1986)
Alto saxophone, piano

76 SONATA FOR PIANO (1957)
pf

78 SONATA FOR VIOLA & PIANO (1958)
vla

79 SONATA FOR VIOLA ALONE (1988)
vla

80 SONATA FOR VIOLIN ALONE (1959)
vln

81 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (2005)
Violin and piano

84 A SONG OF THE ROLLING EARTH (1950)
mez, bar soli, satb, picc-2-2-C.A.-2-b cl-2-cbn. 4-3-3-1 timp/prec (1 pl): pr lge cyms, b.d. strings

85 SONGS OF SHAKESPEARE (1956)
solo voice

86 STANZAS AND REFRAINS (1970)
brass,perc,str

87 STRING QUARTET No 1 (1952)
String quartet

88 STRING QUARTET No 2 (1966)
string quartet

89 SUITE FOR PIANO (1955)
pf

90 SYMPHONY no 1 (1954)
fl/pic, ob, Eb/Bb bass cl; Eb alto sax, bsn/cbsn; Bb tpt, Hn, Tbn; timp, perc(2); piano, strings

91 SYMPHONY no 2 (1961)
orch(2-2-2-2,4-2-3-1, timp,perc, str

92 SYMPHONY no 3 (1983)
ORCH(2-2-2-2-CBSN, 4-3-3-1, timp, perc, str

93 SYMPHONY no 4 (1985)
orch(2-2-2-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1, timp,perc, str

95 SYMPHONY No. 6 (1998)
pic/2-2-2-2-cbsn; 4-3-3-1; timp, perc; str

96 SYMPHONY No. 7 (2001)

97 TEMPLE MUSIC (1972)
vln,pf

98 TEN SONGS OF ROBERT HERRICK (1977)
ten,pf

99 TENEBRAE (1987)
pf

101 THREE PIECES (1970)
VCL,PF

103 THREE SAPPHIC FRAGMENTS (1958)
ssa

104 TOCCATA FOR ORGAN (1962)
org

105 TRIO (clarinet cello piano) (1979)
Clarinet, cello, piano

106 TRIO (oboe, horn, marimba) (1974)
Oboe, horn, marimba

107 TRIO (violin cello piano) (1974)
Violin, cello, piano

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