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

1 AMERICAN DANCE No. 1 (1952)
string orchestra
2 AMERICAN DANCE No. 2 (1952)
string orchestra
4 AMERICAN DANCE No. 4
orch 2-1-2-1, 2-2-2-0, timp, str
5 AMERICAN DANCE No. 5
orch 2-1- 2-2, 2-2-2-0, timp, str
6 BLACK ON WHITE
cl, str qrt
7 BRASS QUINTET (1980)
2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba
8 BRASS QUINTET no 2
2-1-1-1
9 BRASS TRIO
tpt, hn, tbn
10 CAPRICE (1988)
orch: 3/pic-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3-3-1; 2 perc; str
11 CELLO QUINTET (1980)
2 vln, vla, 2 vcl
13 CONCERTANT 1A
fl,ob,cl,str orch
14 CONCERTANT 1B
FL,OB,CL,PF
15 CONCERTANT 2 (1952)
bsn, str orch
16 CONCERTANT 2A
solo vcl pt
17 CONCERTANT 2b (1957)
bassoon, string quartet
18 CONCERTANT 3 (a)
solo vla, winds,brs(pic-2- 2-eh-2-bcl-2,3-3-3-1
19 CONCERTANT 3(B)
vla, dbl wnd & brs qnt
20 CONCERTANT 3(C)
vla,pf
21 CONCERTANT 4(A)
cl,str orch,pf, perc
22 CONCERTANT 4(B)
cl,str qrt
23 CONCERTANT 4(C)
cl,pf
24 CONCERTINO FOR ORCHESTRA
2-2-2-BCL-2, 4-3-3-1,TIMP,STR
25 CONCERTINO FOR ORCHESTRA II
Pic-1-2-2-2,4-2- 3-1,timp,perc,pf,str
26 CONCERTO FOR PIANO & ORCHESTRA
pf,orch(2-1- 2-1,2-2-0-0-,timp,perc,solo pf, str
27 CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN & ORCHESTRA
vln, orch(2- 2-2-2,3-2-1-0,timp, perc,pf,str(no cb???)
30 DANCE SUITE
pf
31 DECLARATIONS (1961)
cello + fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
32 DIVERTIMENTO FOR CELLO & PIANO (1951)
vcl, pf
33 DIVERTISSEMENT for Str Orch
string orchestra
34 EMBLEMS I
Mixed CHORUS 5 parts (SMATB)
35 ENCOMIUM (1958)
band: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3-3-1; timp, perc
36 ESSAY
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2,4-3-3-1, timp, perc 2 & 3, str
37 ETUDES (1981)
mixed chorus, brass quintet (2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba)
38 FANTASIA FOR ORCHESTRA
pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2, 4-3-3-1,3perc,str
39 FANTASY FOR OBOE AND STRINGS
OBOE, STRING ORCHESTRA
43 FLUTE QUINTET (1983)
flute, string quartet
46 HOMAGE A DEBUSSY
cl,pf
47 HURRY
winds,brs,perc,str (nonet)
48 IMAGERY (1984)
vla
49 IMPROVISATIONS
fl, bsn
50 IOWA CONCERTO
cham orch 1-1-1-1,1-1-1-0, timp & perc, str
51 JESTING
piano
52 KINEMATIC TRIO
vln,vcl,pf
53 LYRIC PIECE
TRUMPET, SMALL ORCHESTRA
54 MEMORIAL (1982)
orch: 3/pic-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3- 3-1; timp, 3perc; str
55 MINUTIAE
2 vlns (student use)
58 OBOE QUARTET (1967)
ob,vln, vla, vcl
59 OCTET (1980)
cl, bsn, hn, 2 vln, vla, vc, cb
61 PRAIRIE SONGS
full orchestra (incl Euph, AltoSax) or WW Quintet arrangement
63 QUINTET for piano and strings (1952)
pf, string quartet
65 QUINTET FOR TROMBONE AND STRINGS (1952)
tbn, string quartet
66 QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS No 1 (1952)
ww quintet: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn
67 QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS No 2 (1955)
ww quintet: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn
68 QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS No 3
ww quintet: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn
69 QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS No 4 (1982)
ww quintet: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn
70 QUINTET, Trombone and Strings
tbn, violins(2), viola, cello
72 RUNNING COLORS
str qrt
74 SATIRIC FANTASY
2 pianos
75 SEPTET for Brass
2 hn, 2tpt, 2 tbn, tba
76 SINFONIA no 2
orch(2-2-2-2,4-2-2-1,timp, perc, str
77 SINFONIA no 3
orch(2-2-2-2,4-2-2-1, 3 perc,str
78 SOLAR PAIRING (1989)
baroque fl, hpschd
79 SONATA FOR SOLO VIOLIN (1957)
vln
80 SONATA FOR VIOLA ALONE
solo viola
82 STRING QUARTET 2
string quartet
83 STRING QUARTET no 3 (1954)
string quartet
84 STRING QUARTET no 4 (1980)
string quartet
85 STRING TRIO
vln,vla,vcl
87 SUITE FOR SOPRANO AND ORCHESTRA (1946)
S, orch: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3-3-1; timp; str
88 SUITE FOR WOODWINDS
fl, ob, cl
89 SYMPHONY 1
orchestra (INCL ALTO SAX AND EUPHONIUM)
orch: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-4sax-2; 4-3-3-euph-1; timp, perc; str
90 SYMPHONY 2
orch: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-4sax-2; 4-3-3-euph-1; timp; perc; str
91 SYMPHONY 3 (1952)
orch: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3- 3-1; timp, xyl, 2 perc; cel; str
92 SYMPHONY 4
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2,4-3- 3-1,timp, 3perc, str
93 SYMPHONY 5
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2, 4-3-3-1,timp,3perc,str
94 SYMPHONY 6
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2, 4-3-3-1,3perc,str
95 THREE PROCESSIONALS (1952)
organ + brass quintet: 2 tpt, 3 tbn
97 TWO VOCALISE
sop, cham orch(1-1-1-0,1-1- 0-0, mmba, str
98 URBANE DUETS
viola, cello
99 VARIATIONS
vln,pf
100 WINDS PLAYING (1988)
wind and brass quintets
fl, ob, cl, bsn, 2hn, 2trp, tbn, tba
101 ZEPHYR
fl, cl, bsn

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