Richard Franko Goldman

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

After graduating from Townsend Harris High School in Queens, New York he attended Columbia University, graduating in 1930 with an A.B. (with honors). 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 Edwin Franko Goldman 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.

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, and Seaside Park. His contributions to The Musical Quarterly as New York critic insured early recognition to Wallingford Riegger, Henry Cowell, and Elliott Carter.

Awards Include

*Juilliard Music Foundation award 1955
*Ditson Conductor's Award 1961
*Guggenheim Fellowship 1962
* Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service in Music Award, 1971

He married Alexandra Rienzi on June 8, 1934 and together they had one child, Daniel Franko Goldman. He died age 69 at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore.


* Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Schirmer, 2001.
*Contemporary Authors Online, 2007.
*Ericson, Raymond. “Richard Goldman, Leader of Goldman Band, Dies” New York Times, January 22, 1980, p. B15.
* Grove Music Online

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