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Eugene Goossens

(1893—1962) composer and conductor


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(b London, 1893; d Hillingdon, 1962).

Eng. conductor, violinist, and composer, son of above. Violinist in Queen's Hall Orch. 1911–15. Ass. cond. to Beecham 1916–20. Cond. f. Eng. concert p. of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, London 1921. Cond. opera and ballet CG 1921–3. Went to USA, becoming cond. Rochester PO 1923–31 and Cincinnati SO 1931–47. Cond. Sydney SO, NSW, and dir. NSW Cons. 1947–56. Knighted 1955. Comps. incl.:

operas:

Judith

(1 act, lib. Arnold Bennett, CG 1929);

Don Juan de Manara

(4 acts, lib. by Bennett, CG 1937).

orch.:

Sinfonietta

(1922); ob. conc. (1927); sym. No.1 (1940), No.2 (1942–4).

choral:

Silence

(1922);

Apocalypse

, oratorio (1950–4).

chamber music:

Phantasy

for str. qt. (1915); str. qts. No.1 (1915), No.2 (1942);

2 Sketches (By the TarnJack o' Lantern

and ); str. qt. (1916); pf. quintet (1919); concertino for str. octet (1930).

Subjects: Music.


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