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Goossens Eugène (1893-1962)

Biography of Goossens Eugène:

Eugène Goossens was a conductor and composer of some importance in his day, although his music these days suffers serious neglect He was educated at the Bruges Conservatoire and at the Royal College of Music studying composition under Wood and Stanford. As a violinist, he performed with a number of established quartets and at the age of 20 made his Prom. debut as a conductor. In 1921 he conducted the first British concert performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in the presence of the composer and from 1922 he worked regularly in Covent Garden. Resident from 1923 - 1947 in the USA, he undertook pioneering work in Australia, establishing the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as an international orchestra and being instrumental in the development of the Sydney Opera House - a project which only came to fruition ten years after his death. He was knighted in 1955, returned to Britain in 1956 and died in London in 1962. His music, undeserving of the complete neglect it receives, betrays the influences of Richard Strauss, Debussy and more often, Ravel.

CD's with Goossens Eugène
English Romanticism - Music by Ferguson, Goosens & Ireland

ArtNr. GMCD 7120

English Romanticism II - Music by Elgar & Goossens

ArtNr. GMCD 7124

English Romanticism III - Jeremy Filsell plays Goossens

ArtNr. GMCD 7133

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