Richard Franko Goldman

Richard Franko Goldman (December 7, 1910 – January 19, 1980) was a conductor, educator, author, music critic, and composer.

Born Richard Henry Maibrunn Goldman (Maibrunn being his mother's family name), he adopted the same middle name as his father, the conductor Edwin Franko Goldman, whose middle name came from the latter's mother's musical family.

After graduating from Townsend Harris High School in Manhattan, New York, Richard Goldman attended Columbia University, graduating in 1930 with an A.B. (with honors). After a year of graduate study at Columbia, he then went to Paris to study composition with Nadia Boulanger. He also studied privately with Wallingford Riegger. During World War II he served in the Office of Strategic Services.

He was associate conductor 1937–1956 and then succeeded his father as conductor of the Goldman Band of New York City. He led that band from 1956 until poor health caused him to stop conducting in the summer of 1979. He dissolved the band, but it returned to perform as the Guggenheim Concerts Band in 1980 and the Goldman Memorial Band in 1984.

He taught at the Juilliard School 1947–1960 and was a visiting professor at Princeton University 1952–1956. He also was director of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland 1968–1977 and president of the Peabody Institute 1969–1977. He was initiated as a national honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity in 1969.

Amongst his compositions are the Lee Rigg (1942) for orchestra, Sonata for Violin and Piano (1964), and a Duo for Tubas or bassoons (1950). He also wrote several marches, including The Foundation, Pride of the 97, National Intercollegiate Band (named for the Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma–sponsored ensemble), and Seaside Park. His contributions to The Musical Quarterly as New York critic ensured early recognition to Wallingford Riegger, Henry Cowell, and Elliott Carter.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 7, 1910, Died January 19, 1980

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1957 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor

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Recordings (Results 26-33 of 33 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 105348 7/25/1958 Fairest on the fair Goldman Band conductor  
Decca 107809 7/27/1959 Athletic festival march (Prokofiev) Goldman Band conductor  
Decca 107810 7/27/1959 Foundation march (Goldman) Goldman Band conductor  
Decca 107811 7/27/1959 The people's choice (Moore) Goldman Band conductor  
Decca 107812 7/29/1959 Lads of Wamphray march (Grainger) Goldman Band conductor  
Decca 107813 7/29/1959 Marche sur la Bastille (Honegger) Goldman Band conductor  
Decca 107814 7/30/1959 Overture in C (Catel) Goldman Band conductor  
Decca 107815 7/30/1959 Fantasy in G major (Bach) Goldman Band conductor  
(Results 26-33 of 33 records)


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