Goldman, Edwin Franko

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American composer and conductor of military bands.

From the description of Edwin Franko Goldman autograph collection, 1823-1954. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34422799

Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956), a founder of the American Bandmasters Association and its first president, was a composer, scholar, and prominent conductor. In 1911 he formed his own band which began a summer concert series, later know as the Guggenhiem Memorial Concert Series, in New York City in 1918; this tradition continued under other directors including Goldman's son, Richard Franko Goldman, who led the band from 1956-1979. Goldman championed the performance of neglected band music and gave the American premieres of a number of important works, including commissioned pieces from many contemporary composers including Ottorino Respighi, Percy Grainger, Morton Gould, and Virgil Thomson.

From the description of Edwin Franco Goldman papers, 1895-1977 (1919-1977). (University of Maryland Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55089120

Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956) was an American composer and conductor for military bands. As an avocation, he was also a collector of autographs, letters, photographs, and musical scores of many musical celebrities from his lifetime and before. In May 1954 he donated his collection to University of Michigan band director William Revelli for use by the band. The "Edwin Franko Goldman Room" in Harris Hall at the University of Michigan was dedicated to display the collection.

From the guide to the Edwin Franko Goldman Autograph Collection, ca. 1770-1954, 1850s-1940s, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956), a founder of the American Bandmasters Association, was born in Louisville, Kentucky on 1 January 1878. Taken to New York to study music, he was eventually enrolled at the National Conservatory where he studied cornet and was a composition student of Antonín Dvořák. From 1899 to 1909 Goldman was solo cornetist with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra. In 1911 he formed his own band which began a summer concert series in New York City in 1918 and was later renamed the Guggenheim Memorial Concert Series; this tradition continued under other directors including Goldman's son, Richard Franko Goldman, who led the band from 1956-1979. The band ceased operations in 2005.

Goldman championed the performance of neglected band music and gave the American premieres of a number of important works, including Berlioz's Symphonie funebre et triomphale . Goldman believed strongly in the need for new music to enrich the repertoire of the band, and commissioned many contemporary composers including Ottorino Respighi, Percy Grainger, Morton Gould, and Virgil Thomson to write for the medium. He composed over one-hundred marches including On the Mall (1923), and wrote several books, including The Goldman Band System (1935).

In addition to being a founder, Goldman was the American Bandmasters Association's first president, and second honorary life president. He died on 21 February 1956 in New York, leaving behind an unpublished autobiography, Facing the Music, the manuscript of which is in the Library of Congress.

From the guide to the Edwin Franko Goldman Collection, 1895-c.1977, 1919-c.1977, (Special Collections in Performing Arts)

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referencedIn Vincent Persichetti collection of noncommercial recordings, 1940-1987 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. Autograph letter signed, dated : Moscow, 30 Sept./19 October [18]89, to [Friedrich] Sieger, 1889 Oct. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Goldman, Edwin Franko, 1878-1956. Edwin Franko Goldman autograph collection, 1823-1954. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Weber, Carl Maria von, 1786-1826. Autograph letter signed, dated : Dresden, 24 February 1825, to C.F. Peters in Leipzig, 1825 Feb. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Goldman, Edwin Franko, 1878-1956. Edwin Franco Goldman papers, 1895-1977 (1919-1977). University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
referencedIn Harding, Albert Austin, 1880-1958. Papers, 1895-1958. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Rossini, Gioacchino, 1792-1868. Autograph letter signed, dated : Paris, 16 April 1857, to Angelo [Mignani], 1857 Apr. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951. Serge Koussevitzky Archive, 1920-1976 (bulk: 1924-1951) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn [Johanna Magdalena Beyer scores [microform] / Johanna Beyer], 1931-1943 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Haverlin, Carl, 1899-1985,. Rare books, letters, and documents, 1778-1985. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Seligman Solomon Society Records, 1912-1922 American Jewish Historical Society
creatorOf Goldman, Edwin Franko, 1878-1956. Edwin Franco Goldman papers, 1895-1977 (1919-1977). University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
creatorOf Goldman, Richard Franko, 1910-1980. Franko Goldman family papers, 1886-1972 (bulk 1931-1963). Library of Congress
creatorOf Berlioz, Hector, 1803-1869. Autograph letter signed, dated : [n.p., Paris?, n.d., ca. 1852], to "Mon cher Sax," 1852. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Edwin Franko Goldman Autograph Collection, ca. 1770-1954, 1850s-1940s Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Musicians Collection TXRC99-A17., 1727-1981, (bulk 1900-1940) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Aaron Copland Collection, 1841-1991, (bulk 1911-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Stringfield, Lamar. Lamar Stringfield papers, 1917-1959. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Carter, Ernest Trow, 1866-1953. The Ernest Trow Carter papers, 1879-1974 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Smith, Leonard B. (Leonard Bingley), 1915-2002. Leonard B. Smith Collection 1840-2001 (bulk 1901-2000). Library of Congress
referencedIn Henry Cowell collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1940-1953 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn The Ernest Trow Carter Papers, 1879-1974 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
referencedIn Anka, Paul. Musicians Collection, 1727-1981, (bulk 1900-1940). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Carter, Ernest Trow, 1866-1953. The Ernest Trow Carter papers, 1879-1974 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893. Album leaf, 1843 Apr. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Berg, Alban, 1885-1935. Autograph letter signed, dated : [n.p., Vienna?], 17 August 1927, to Herr Kastner, 1927 Aug. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Autograph letter signed, dated : Milan, [20 April 1924], to Prof. Calamida, 1924 Apr. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Franko Goldman Family Papers, circa 1886-1972, (bulk 1931-1963) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Hadley, Henry Kimball, 1871-1937. Festival march : for military band / Henry Hadley. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Delibes, Léo, 1836-1891. person
associatedWith Delius, Frederick, 1862-1934. person
associatedWith Dvořák, Antonín, 1841-1904. person
associatedWith Edwin Franko Goldman Band. corporateBody
associatedWith Franz, Robert, 1815-1892. person
associatedWith Gade, Niels W. (Niels Wilhelm), 1817-1890. person
associatedWith German, Edward, 1862-1936. person
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associatedWith Gilmore, P. S. (Patrick Sarsfield), 1829-1892. person
associatedWith Glazunov, Aleksandr Konstantinovich, 1865-1936. person
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associatedWith Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893. person
associatedWith Hadley, Henry Kimball, 1871-1937. person
correspondedWith Harding, Albert Austin, 1880-1958. person
associatedWith Haverlin, Carl, 1899-1985, person
associatedWith Henselt, Adolf von, 1814-1889. person
associatedWith Herbert, Victor, 1859-1924. person
associatedWith Hérold, Ferdinand, 1791-1833. person
associatedWith Holst, Gustav, 1874-1934. person
associatedWith Joachim, Joseph, 1831-1907. person
correspondedWith Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951 person
associatedWith Lecocq, Charles, 1832-1918. person
associatedWith Liszt, Franz, 1811-1886. person
associatedWith Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. person
associatedWith Meyerbeer, Giacomo, 1791-1864. person
associatedWith Miller, George. person
associatedWith Miller, George. person
associatedWith Millöcker, Carl, 1842-1899. person
associatedWith Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. person
associatedWith O'Neill, Charles, 1882-1964. person
associatedWith Persichetti, Vincent, 1915-1987 person
associatedWith Plunkett Green, Harry. person
associatedWith Plunkett Green, Harry. person
associatedWith Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. person
associatedWith Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1873-1943. person
associatedWith Raff, Joachim, 1822-1882. person
associatedWith Randegger, Alberto, 1832-1911. person
associatedWith Reinecke, Carl, 1824-1910. person
associatedWith Respighi, Ottorino, 1879-1936. person
associatedWith Rossini, Gioacchino, 1792-1868. person
associatedWith Rubinstein, Anton, 1829-1894 person
associatedWith Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951 person
associatedWith Sibelius, Jean, 1865-1957 person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
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associatedWith Solomon Seligman Society, 1887-1956 corporateBody
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associatedWith Strauss, Johann, 1804-1849 person
associatedWith Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 person
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associatedWith Sullivan, Arthur, Sir, 1842-1900 person
associatedWith Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. person
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associatedWith Tosti, F. Paolo (Francesco Paolo), 1846-1916 person
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Birth 1878-01-01

Death 1956-02-21

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