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 (1980)
2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba
BRASS TRIO
tpt, hn, tbn
CAPRICE (1988)
orch: 3/pic-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3-3-1; 2 perc; str
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)
bassoon, string quartet
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???)
DECLARATIONS (1961)
cello + fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
DIVERTISSEMENT for Str Orch
string orchestra
EMBLEMS I
Mixed CHORUS 5 parts (SMATB)
ENCOMIUM (1958)
band: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3-3-1; timp, perc
ESSAY
orch(pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2,4-3-3-1, timp, perc 2 & 3, str
ETUDES (1981)
mixed chorus, brass quintet (2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba)
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 (1983)
flute, string quartet
HURRY
winds,brs,perc,str (nonet)
IMAGERY
vla
IMPROVISATIONS
fl, bsn
IOWA CONCERTO
cham orch 1-1-1-1,1-1-1-0, timp & perc, str
JESTING
piano
KINEMATIC TRIO
vln,vcl,pf
LYRIC PIECE
TRUMPET, SMALL ORCHESTRA
MEMORIAL (1982)
orch: 3/pic-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3- 3-1; timp, 3perc; str
MINUTIAE
2 vlns(student use)
OBOE QUARTET (1967)
ob,vln, vla, vcl
OCTET (1980)
cl, bsn, hn, 2 vln, vla, vc, cb
PRAIRIE SONGS
FULL ORCHESTRA (INCL EUPHONIUM AND ALTO SAX)
QUINTET for piano and strings (1952)
pf, string quartet
QUINTET FOR TROMBONE AND STRINGS (1952)
tbn, string quartet
QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS No 1 (1952)
ww quintet: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn
QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS No 2 (1955)
ww quintet: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn
QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS No 3
ww quintet: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn
QUINTET FOR WOODWINDS No 4 (1982)
ww quintet: fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn
QUINTET, Trombone and Strings
tbn, violins(2), viola, cello
RUNNING COLORS
str qrt
SEPTET for Brass
2 hn, 2tpt, 2 tbn, tba
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 (1989)
baroque fl, hpschd
STRING QUARTET 2
string quartet
STRING QUARTET no 3 (1954)
string quartet
STRING QUARTET no 4 (1980)
string quartet
STRING TRIO
vln,vla,vcl
SUITE FOR SOPRANO AND ORCHESTRA (1946)
S, orch: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3-3-1; timp; str
SUITE FOR WOODWINDS
fl, ob, cl
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
SYMPHONY 2
orch: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-4sax-2; 4-3-3-euph-1; timp; perc; str
SYMPHONY 3 (1952)
orch: pic-2-2-eh-2-bcl-2; 4-3- 3-1; timp, xyl, 2 perc; cel; str
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 (1952)
organ + brass quintet: 2 tpt, 3 tbn
TWO VOCALISE
sop, cham orch(1-1-1-0,1-1- 0-0, mmba, str
URBANE DUETS
viola, cello
VARIATIONS
vln,pf
WINDS PLAYING (1988)
wind and brass quintets
fl, ob, cl, bsn, 2hn, 2trp, tbn, tba

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