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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