Alexander Goehr

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Alexander Goehr (born 10 August 1932) is an English composer and academic.

Goehr was born in Berlin in 1932, the son of the conductor and Schoenberg pupil Walter Goehr. In his early twenties he emerged as a central figure in the Manchester School of post-war British composers. In 1955–56 he joined Olivier Messiaen's masterclass in Paris. Although in the early sixties Goehr was considered a leader of the avant-garde, his oblique attitude to modernism—and to any movement or school whatsoever—soon became evident. In a sequence of works including the Piano Trio (1966), the opera Arden Must Die (1966), the music-theatre piece Triptych (1968–70), the orchestral Metamorphosis/Dance (1974), and the String Quartet No. 3 (1975–76), Goehr's personal voice was revealed, arising from a highly individual use of the serial method and a fusion of elements from his double heritage of Schoenberg and Messiaen. Since the luminous 'white-note' Psalm IV setting of 1976, Goehr has urged a return to more traditional ways of composing, using familiar materials as objects of musical speculation, in contrast to the technological priorities of much present-day musical research.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 New Music From Britain Peter Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goehr, Richard Rodney Bennett, Malcolm Williamson; The John Alldis Choir, Members of the Melos Ensemble 1
1983 Maxwell Davies: Piano Sonata / Goehr: Capriccio / Nonomiȳa Sir Peter Maxwell Davies / Alexander Goehr, Stephen Pruslin 1
1983 The Law of the Quadrille Is Clear (Songs After Kafka) / String Quartet no. 3 Alexander Goehr; Susan Kessler, Roger Vignoles, Lindsay String Quartet 1
1995 Piano Concerto / Symphony in One Movement Alexander Goehr 1
Piano Trio / String Quartet no. 2 Alexander Goehr; Orion Trio, Allegri String Quartet 1

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