Goossens, Eugene, (Sir)

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Goossens, Eugene, Sir
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composer; conductor; Knight Bachelor, Services to music, 9 June 1955
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Eugene Goossens studied first at the Bruges Conservatoire, then at the Liverpool College of Music between 1904 and 1906. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Sir Charles Stanford between 1907 and 1912. After a brief period as a violinist with the Queen's Hall Orchestra, Goossens turned to conducting. Having conducted both orchestral music and opera while assistant to Sir Thomas Beecham, he went on to conduct the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Minneapolis Orchestra, and the St Louis Orchestra among others. He was conductor with the Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra between 1931 and 1946. In 1947 Goossens accepted the positions of Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and Director of the NSW Conservatorium of Music. These appointments followed on his 1946 visit to Australia as a guest conductor for the ABC. During the period of his dual appointment (which was originally intended to last for only three years, but which was not to end until 1956) Goossens worked hard to improve standards both in the orchestra and at the conservatorium. He encouraged the performance of contemporary music and introduced Sydney audiences to works such as John Antill's Corroboree. He also worked for the promotion of Australian music both in Australia and overseas, and performed the work of young composers such as Felix Werder and Malcolm Williamson. At the Conservatorium he staged operas such as Pelleas et Melisande, Boris Godunov and his own Judith, the performance of which was the occasion of Joan Sutherland's debut. He was also a leader in the campaign for the construction of the Sydney Opera House, and chose the site at Bennelong Point where it now stands. Having been made a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur previously, Goossens was knighted in 1955. A scandal involving the importation of banned materials on his return from a tour in 1956, however, destroyed his career in Australia. He was forced to resign from the directorship of the Conservatorium, and then from his position with the SSO. He left Australia for Britain soon afterwards. In later years it has been suggested that this scandal may have been engineered in some way. He continued to conduct in Europe, South America and elsewhere, but ceased after his health deteriorated. Goossens rarely performed his own works, but composed about seventy pieces, including two operas, Judith and Don Juan de Manara, an oratorio, concerti, symphonic works, pieces for piano, chamber ensembles, and voice. Many compositions were left unfinished at the time of his death, including a ballet and a third opera.

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  1. The appeal, op.26, no.1 / music by Eugene Goossens ; words by Sir Thomas Wyatt
    Goossens, Eugene, Sir
    [ Printed music : 1920 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  2. The Apocalypse : oratorio for mixed voices and orchestra / text selected from The Revelation of St. John the Divine, by Frank Moore and the composer
    Goossens, Eugene, Sir, 1893-1962
    [ Printed music : 1954 ]
    At 7 libraries
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  1. My family and other disasters [Abandonment has been a constant in the life of Renee Goossens, daughter of acclaimed, then disgraced, conductor Sir Eugene Goossens]
    Barrowclough, Nikki
    Sydney Morning Herald. Good Weekend
    [ Article : 2003 ]
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  2. The maestro's misconduct. -The pornography case of Sir Eugene Goossens-
    Hubble, Ava
    National Times on Sunday
    [ Article : 1986 ]
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  3. The phantom of the Opera House
    Hubble, Ava
    24 Hours
    [ Article : 1989 ]
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  4. The later career of Eugene Goossens: the English years: a memoir
    Wilson, Charles
    Quadrant (Sydney)
    [ Article : 1987 ]
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  5. De Waart and the SSO -Sydney Symphony Orchestra-: getting it all in perspective
    Grant, John
    2MBS-FM Stereo FM Radio
    [ Article : 1994 ]
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  6. The Opera House tapes. -About 20 people who played major roles in the planning, construction and launching of the Sydney Opera House are to be taped for posterity-
    Hubble, Ava
    Heritage (Australian Heritage Society)
    [ Article : 1986 ]
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  7. Record - Great Australian Singers Dite alla giovine (La Traviata) - Verdi Even Bravest Hearts (Faust) - Gounod Regnava nel Silenzio (Lucia di Lammermoor) - Donizetti Death of Valentine (Faust) - Gounod La luce langue (Macbeth) - Verdi Love will find ...
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    Record -  Great Australian Singers Dite alla giovine (La Traviata) - Verdi Even Bravest Hearts (Faust) - Gounod Regnava nel Silenzio (Lucia di Lammermoor) - Donizetti Death of Valentine (Faust) - Gounod La luce langue (Macbeth) - Verdi Love will find a way (The Maid of the Mountains) - Frazer-Simpson Love from Thy Power (Samson and Delilah) - Saint-Saens C'est l'historie amoureuse (Manon Lescaut) - Auber Shadow Song (Dinorah) - Meyerbeer Ritorna Vincitor (Aida) - Verdi Nobles
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  1. U.K. Conductor Sir Eugene Goossens Dies
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Thursday 14 June 1962 p 26 Article
    ... U.K. Conductor Sir Eugene Goossens Dies LONDON, Wednesday (A.A.P.-Reu- I ter).—British conductor ... and composer, Sir Engene Goossens, 69, died to-day in | Hillingdon Middlesex Hospital. I Sir Eugene ... 187 words
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  2. THE TALENT OF EUGENE GOOSSENS
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  3. Goossens here
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 11 July 1955 p 5 Article
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