Roger Goeb

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Roger Goeb (October 9, 1914 – January 3, 1997) was an American composer.
Roger Goeb was born in Cherokee, Iowa. Although he had studied piano, trumpet, French horn, viola, violin, and woodwind instruments from an early age (Kozinn 1997), he turned to the profession of music comparatively late. He studied agriculture at the University of Wisconsin (which twenty years later would be called University of Wisconsin–Madison), earning a BS degree in 1936. He then earned his living for two years playing in jazz bands before going to Paris to study composition at the Ecole Normale de Musique with Nadia Boulanger (1938–39). Returning to the United States he studied composition privately with Otto Luening, followed by graduate work, first at New York University, and then at the Cleveland Institute with Herbert Elwell, where he earned a Master of Music degree in 1942. Three years later, he gained a PhD at the University of Iowa with his Symphony No. 2 as a dissertation. After teaching stints at Bard College, the Juilliard School, Stanford University, and Adelphi College, he was awarded two successive Guggenheim fellowships in 1950–51 and 1951–52 (Barkin 2001).

From the late 1940s until the mid-1960s, Goeb composed instrumental music prolifically, and his music was well received (Kozinn 1997). His Third Symphony was premiered on October 28, 1952 by Leopold Stokowski and the CBS Orchestra, who recorded it two days later for RCA Victor (Malsky 2003, 249). In 1964, however, he gave up composing for more than ten years, because of family illnesses. His wife and his son eventually both died from multiple sclerosis, after which he began composing again, composing 25 more works until a stroke in 1986 curtailed his activities. He died on January 3, 1997 at the Parker Jewish Geriatric Institute in Queens, NY (Kozinn 1997).
His music economically projects clear lines and formal designs. He did not orchestrate, but rather composed directly for instruments. Though he used familiar pitch combinations, he was able always to make them sound fresh and novel (Barkin 2001).
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Roger Goeb Discography Tracks

Albums

Roger Goeb - Three Contemporaries album art Howard Swanson, Roger Goeb, Ben Weber (2) Howard Swanson, Roger Goeb, Ben Weber (2) - Three Contemporaries American Recording Society US 1950 Sell This Version
LM 1727 Roger Goeb - Symphony N.3 / Sonata For Two Pianos And Percussion album art Roger Goeb, Bartok*, Leopold Stokowski And His Symphony Orchestra Roger Goeb, Bartok*, Leopold Stokowski And His Symphony Orchestra - Symphony N.3 / Sonata For Two Pianos And Percussion(LP, Mono) RCA Victor LM 1727 US 1952 Sell This Version
CRI 120 Roger Goeb - Symphony No. 3 – Symphony On Poems Of William Blake album art Roger Goeb, Ben Weber (2)Warren Galjour, Leopold Stokowski, Leopold Stokowski And His Symphony Orchestra Roger Goeb, Ben Weber (2)Warren Galjour, Leopold Stokowski, Leopold Stokowski And His Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 3 – Symphony On Poems Of William Blake(LP, Mono) Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) CRI 120 US 1958 Sell This Version
CRI SRD 167 Roger Goeb - Symphony No. 4 / Dark Upon The Harp album art Roger Goeb, The Japan Philharmonic Symphony*, Akeo Watanabe / Jacob Druckman, Jan De Gaetani*, N.Y. Brass Quintet* Roger Goeb, The Japan Philharmonic Symphony*, Akeo Watanabe / Jacob Druckman, Jan De Gaetani*, N.Y. Brass Quintet* - Symphony No. 4 / Dark Upon The Harp(LP) Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) CRI SRD 167 US 1964 Sell This Version
CRI 158 Roger Goeb - Quintet For Woodwinds No. 2 / Seven Movements For Septet / Concerto Da Camera album art Roger Goeb / William Sydeman Roger Goeb / William Sydeman - Quintet For Woodwinds No. 2 / Seven Movements For Septet / Concerto Da Camera(LP, Mono) Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) CRI 158 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

CTD 88121 Roger Goeb - Siegmeister: Symphony No. 3 • Goeb: Symphony No. 4 • Keller: Symphony No. 3 album art Elie Siegmeister, Homer Keller, Roger Goeb Elie Siegmeister, Homer Keller, Roger Goeb - Siegmeister: Symphony No. 3 • Goeb: Symphony No. 4 • Keller: Symphony No. 3(CD, Comp) Citadel (3) CTD 88121 US 1997 Sell This Version