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 Schoolin 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 IIhe served in the Office of Strategic Services.
He was associate conductor 1937-1956 and then succeeded his father
Edwin Franko Goldmanas 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 School1947-1960 and was a visiting professor at Princeton University1952-1956. He also was director of the Peabody Conservatory of Musicin Baltimore, Maryland1968-1977 and president of the Peabody Institute1969-1977.
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 Quarterlyas New York critic insured early recognition to Wallingford Riegger, Henry Cowell, and Elliott Carter.
*Juilliard Music Foundation award 1955
Ditson Conductor's Award1961
Kappa Kappa PsiDistinguished 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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