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Walter Goehr (Conductor, Composer, Arranger)

Born: May 28, 1903 - Berlin, Germany
Died: December, 1960 - Sheffield, England

The German-born English conductor and composer, Walter Goehr, studied theory with Arnold Schoenberg at the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin.

From 1925 to 1931 Walter Goehr was a conductor with the Radio Berlin, composing for it the opera Malpopita. In 1933 he went to England and known professionally as George Walter until 1948. He was music director of the Columbia Gramophone Company from 1933 until 1939. From 1945 to 1948 he was conductor of the BBC Theatre Orchestra. He was also conductor of the Morley College concerts from 1943 until his death.

Walter Goehr edited Monteverdi's Vespers (York 1954) and L'incoronazione di Poppea. He composed theatre, radio, and film scores. He also orchestrated Mussorgsky's Pictures from an Exhibition. He conducted the first performances of Benjamin Britten's Serenade (1943), Tippett's A Child of Our Time (1944), Seiber's Ulysses (1949), and Alexander Goehr's The Deluge (1959); and first Brittish performance of Gustav Mahler's 6th Symphony (BBC 1950).

Walter Goehr was the father of the prominent German-born English composer and teacher (Peter) Alexander Goehr.

Source: Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997); Xrefer Website (from Oxford Dictionary of Music, 1994)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2001)

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