Lieberson, Goddard, 1911-1977

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Birth 1911-04-05
Death 1977-05-29

Biographical notes:

CBS recording executive, composer.

From the description of Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Oct. 28, 1976 [sound recording]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155861159

Composer, network executive; interviewee d.1977.

From the description of Reminiscences of Goddard Lieberson : oral history, 1966. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122451681

Composed 1936. First performance New York, 7 February 1937, Mozart String Sinfonietta, Wesley Sontag conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Homage to Handel : suite for strings / Goddard Lieberson. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 52730496

Lieberson was in 1945 Director of Masterworks Department at Columbia Recording Corporation and in 1954 Executive Vice-President of Columbia Records Inc. (both of those entities were subsidiaries of Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc.).

From the description of Correspondence to Alma Mahler, 1945, 1954. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155863807

Goddard Lieberson (1911-1977) was president of Columbia Records, and composer by training. In the 1940s, he introduced to the American public the long-playing records of classical repertoire and Broadway productions. His greatest legacy was original recordings of Broadway musicals and other productions, as well as studio cast recordings of major Broadway hits.

In 1946 he married ballet dancer and actress Vera Zorina; the marriage produced two sons, composer Peter Lieberson (1946-2011) and philosopher, writer and journalist Jonathan Lieberson (1949-1989).

From the guide to the Goddard Lieberson papers, ca. 1909-1977, (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)


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