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WILLIAM GOLDSTEIN

WILLIAM GOLDSTEIN

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At the age of nine, his prodigious talents brought him to Columbia University; in 1975 he was discovered by Berry Gordy who brought Mr. Goldstein to LA under contract to Motown, as a recording artist/composer and producer. At the same time, interestingly enough, Mr. Goldstein was finishing a commission for a Bicentennial work, Celebration Overture 1776-1976, which was performed by the National Symphony Orchestra in May of 1976.

After scoring all the episodes of NBC’s Fame series, Mr. Goldstein added the world of computer electronic music to his pop and orchestral experience. He quickly achieved prominence as an innovator of new technology, creating the very first completely computer-sequenced direct to digital score for Guber/Peters’ oceanQuest in 1985. CBS Masterworks released the CD under the title Oceanscape.

In addition to scoring assignments with such film makers as John Avildsen, John Badham, Rob Cohen, Guber/Peters, Wes Craven and Frank Perry; William Goldstein’s career has simultaneously included such multifarious activities as a recording artist / composer / producer for such diverse labels as the previously mentioned Motown and CBS Masterworks. His concert scores have been performed from Carnegie Hall to Symphony Hall, Boston. He has gained a reputation as a unique keyboard improviser, spontaneously improvising complete scores, in real time, to films that he is seeing for the first time in concert.

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Works

Band and Orchestra | Opera




Band and Orchestra


A.M. America Overture -- 4'30"
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: ABC TV, 1974
Premiere Information: Toronto Symphony, summer 1975
Additional Information: Theme for ABC's series 'A.M. America.' Also known as "Wake Up America Overture"


Celebration Overture 1776-1976 -- 11'
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: ABC TV, for the American Bicentennial, 1976
Premiere Information: National Symphony Orchestra, Washington DC, May 1976


Colloquy for Solo Trombone and Symphonic Band (1967) -- 11'30"
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: The United States Army Band
Premiere Information: The United States Army Band; Watergate, Washington, D.C.; summer 1967.
Reviews

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (#446-41174)


Colloquy for Trombone and Orchestra -- 11'30"
Solo Tbn.; 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 - 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: Boston Symphony, Ron Baron, trombone; June 20, 1992; RI.

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (#446-41174L)
Set of parts (#446-41174P)


'Twas the Night Before Christmas for Narrator, Children's Chorus, Solo Violin and Small Orchestra (1972) -- 6'
Narr., Girl's Chorus, Boy's Chorus, Solo Vln.; 2(d.Picc.) 1 1 1 1 - 2 0 0 0; 2Perc. Pno.(d.Cel.) Hp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library



Opera


A Total Sweet Success A One-Act Musical Romance -- 45'
Cast: Musical theatre solo voices, Chorus; Orch.: 1 1 2 1 - 1 2 1 0; Perc. Pno. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Additional Information: Book and lyrics by Marvin Schofer, based on "The Million Pound Bank-Note" by Mark Twain. Designed as a full evening when performed with "A Bullet for Billy the Kid."



Reviews


Colloquy for Solo Trombone and Symphonic Band

"The CD steps off in high spirits with Colloquy for trombone and symphonic band by New Jersey-born William Goldstein (b. 1942), a former student of Giannini and Flagello at the Manhattan School of Music, and a veteran composer for TV and films. Written in 1967 "during a most difficult period of national angst," the youthful influence of Copland and Bernstein is felt, as the composer was "filled with a desire to inspire." … [it] is infectiously swinging in its finale. A good showpiece."

-Stephen Ellis

"Colloquy possibly represents the best example of contemporary writing with jazz implications in the entire trombone repertoire"

-Vern Kagarice, Guide to Trombone Solos

"The CD steps off in high spirits with Colloquy… The music is somewhat jazzy (with a particularly Bernsteinesque slow central section) and is infectiously swinging in its finale. A good showpiece."

-Stephen Ellis, Fanfare

"Colloquy possibly represents the best example of contemporary writing with jazz implications in the entire trombone repertoire."

-Vern Kagarice, Guide to Trombone Solos