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Alexander Goehr

Alexander Goehr was born in Berlin on 10 August 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 195556 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 (196870), the orchestral Metamorphosis/Dance (1974), and the String Quartet No.3 (197576), 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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Recent Goehr releases

Chimes in Time
Chimes in Time

£11.25

(Prima Facie)

New Music Collections Vol.1: Choral
New Music Collections Vol.1: Choral

£8.96

(NMC Recordings)

Alexander Goehr - Since Brass, nor Stone
Alexander Goehr - Since Brass, nor Stone

£11.25

(NMC Recordings)

Choirbook for the Queen
Choirbook for the Queen

£12.56

(Priory)