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

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1 AMERICAN DANCE No. 1 (1952)
string orchestra

2 AMERICAN DANCE No. 2 (1952)
string orchestra

3 AMERICAN DANCE No. 3 (1952)
str orch

4 AMERICAN DANCE No. 4 (1952)
orch 2-1-2-1, 2-2-2-0, timp, str

5 AMERICAN DANCE No. 5 (1952)
orch 2-1- 2-2, 2-2-2-0, timp, str

6 ANDANTE AND VARIATIONS
fl, 2 vln, vc

7 BLACK ON WHITE (1985)
cl, str qrt

8 BRASS QUINTET (1980)
2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba

9 BRASS QUINTET no 2 (1987)
2-1-1-1

10 BRASS TRIO
tpt, hn, tbn

11 CAPRICE (1988)
orch: 3/pic-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3-3-1; 2 perc; str

12 CELLO QUINTET (1980)
2 vln, vla, 2 vcl

14 CONCERT OVERTURE
orch: 2/1-2-eh-2-bcl-saxesAATT-2; 4-3-3-euph-1; timp; perc; str

15 CONCERTANT 1A (1948)
fl,ob,cl,str orch

16 CONCERTANT 1B (1949)
FL,OB,CL,PF

17 CONCERTANT 2 (1952)
bsn, str orch

18 CONCERTANT 2A
solo vcl pt

19 CONCERTANT 2b (1957)
bassoon, string quartet

20 CONCERTANT 3 (a) (1951)
solo vla, winds,brs(pic-2- 2-eh-2-bcl-2,3-3-3-1

21 CONCERTANT 3(B)
vla, dbl wnd & brs qnt

22 CONCERTANT 3(C)
vla,pf

23 CONCERTANT 4(A) (1951)
cl,str orch,pf, perc

24 CONCERTANT 4(B)
cl,str qrt

25 CONCERTANT 4(C)
cl,pf

26 CONCERTANT 5 FOR ORCHESTRA
2/pic-1-eh-1-bcl-2; 4-2-2-1; 3perc; str

27 CONCERTINO FOR ORCHESTRA (1949)
2-2-2-BCL-2, 4-3-3-1,TIMP,STR

28 CONCERTINO FOR ORCHESTRA II (1959)
Pic-1-2-2-2,4-2- 3-1,timp,perc,pf,str

29 CONCERTO FOR PIANO & ORCHESTRA
pf,orch(2-1- 2-1,2-2-0-0-,timp,perc,solo pf, str

30 CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN & ORCHESTRA
vln, orch(2- 2-2-2,3-2-1-0,timp, perc,pf,str(no cb???)

34 DANCE SUITE
pf

35 DECLARATIONS (1961)
cello + fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn

36 DIVERTIMENTO FOR CELLO & PIANO (1951)
vcl, pf

37 DIVERTISSEMENT for Str Orch (1982)
string orchestra

38 EMBLEMS I
Mixed CHORUS 5 parts (SMATB)

39 ENCOMIUM (1958)
band: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3-3-1; timp, perc

40 ESSAY (1984)
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2,4-3-3-1, timp, perc 2 & 3, str

41 ETUDES (1981)
mixed chorus, brass quintet (2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba)

42 FANTASIA FOR ORCHESTRA (1983)
pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2, 4-3-3-1,3perc,str

43 FANTASY FOR OBOE AND STRINGS (1952)
OBOE, STRING ORCHESTRA

44 FANTASY FOR SOLO PIANO (1948)
pf

47 FLUTE QUINTET (1983)
flute, string quartet

49 GAMBOL (1984)
orch: pic-2-2-2-2; 4-3-3-1; 4perc; str

51 HOMAGE A DEBUSSY
cl,pf

52 HURRY (1985)
winds,brs,perc,str (nonet)

53 IMAGERY (1984)
vla

54 IMPROVISATIONS
fl, bsn

55 IOWA CONCERTO (1959)
cham orch 1-1-1-1,1-1-1-0, timp & perc, str

56 JESTING
piano

57 KINEMATIC TRIO (1985)
vln,vcl,pf

58 LYRIC PIECE
TRUMPET, SMALL ORCHESTRA

59 MEMORIAL (1982)
orch: 3/pic-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3- 3-1; timp, 3perc; str

60 MINUTIAE
2 vlns (student use)

62 NUANCES FOR CLARINET & VIOLA (1986)
cl, vla

63 OBOE QUARTET (1967)
ob,vln, vla, vcl

64 OCTET (1980)
cl, bsn, hn, 2 vln, vla, vc, cb

65 PHRASES FROM BLAKE I & II (1950)
SSATB

66 PRAIRIE SONGS (1947)
full orchestra (incl Euph, AltoSax) or WW Quintet arrangement

68 QUINTET for piano and strings (1952)
pf, string quartet

70 QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS No 1 (1952)
ww quintet: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn

71 QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS No 2 (1955)
ww quintet: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn

72 QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS No 3
ww quintet: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn

73 QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS No 4 (1982)
ww quintet: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn

74 QUINTET, Trombone and Strings (1952)
tbn, 2violins, viola, cello

76 RUNNING COLORS (1961)
str qrt

78 SATIRIC FANTASY
2 pianos

79 SEPTET for Brass (1949)
2 hn, 2tpt, 2 tbn, tba

80 SINFONIA 1 (1958)
orch: 2-2-2-2; 4-2-3-1; timp, perc; pf; str

81 SINFONIA no 2 (1962)
orch(2-2-2-2,4-2-2-1,timp, perc, str

82 SINFONIA no 3
orch(2-2-2-2,4-2-2-1, 3 perc,str

83 SOLAR PAIRING (1989)
baroque fl, hpschd

84 SONATA FOR SOLO VIOLIN (1957)
vln

85 SONATA FOR VIOLA ALONE
solo viola

87 STRING QUARTET no 2
string quartet

88 STRING QUARTET no 3 (1954)
string quartet

89 STRING QUARTET no 4 (1980)
string quartet

90 STRING TRIO (1944)
vln,vla,vcl

92 SUITE FOR SOPRANO AND ORCHESTRA (1946)
S, orch: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3-3-1; timp; str

93 SUITE FOR WOODWINDS
fl, ob, cl

94 SYMPHONY 1 (1941)
orchestra (INCL ALTO SAX AND EUPHONIUM)
orch: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-4sax-2; 4-3-3-euph-1; timp, perc; str

95 SYMPHONY 2 (1945)
orch: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-4sax-2; 4-3-3-euph-1; timp; perc; str

96 SYMPHONY 3 (1952)
orch: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3- 3-1; timp, xyl, 2 perc; cel; str

97 SYMPHONY 4 (1955)
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2,4-3- 3-1,timp, 3perc, str

98 SYMPHONY 5 (1981)
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2, 4-3-3-1,timp,3perc,str

99 SYMPHONY 6 (1987)
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2, 4-3-3-1,3perc,str

100 THREE PROCESSIONALS (1952)
organ + brass quintet: 2 tpt, 3 tbn

102 TWO SONGS
Mezzo, String Quartet

103 TWO VOCALISE (1987)
sop, cham orch(1-1-1-0,1-1- 0-0, mmba, str

104 URBANE DUETS (1988)
viola, cello

106 WINDS PLAYING (1988)
wind and brass quintets
fl, ob, cl, bsn, 2hn, 2trp, tbn, tba

107 ZEPHYR
fl, cl, bsn

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