Frederic Goossen (1927–2011) — Chorale No. 2 (1967) for organ
American composer Frederic Goossen (1927–2011) was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota (BA and MA). His teachers included Donald Ferguson, James Aliferis (composition), and William Lindsay (piano). Goossen followed this with private study at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts with Arthur Shepard (composition) and Melville Smith (counterpoint). After teaching at the University of Minnesota and Berea College, Goossen joined the faculty of the University of Alabama where he taught from 1958 until his retirement in 1996. He taught composition and theory and for 25 years was Director of Graduate Studies in Music. For nearly 40 years, Goossen also wrote a weekly column on the fine arts for “The Tuscaloosa News” and had previously served as the newspaper’s regular music, art, and theater critic. Goossen composed nearly 150 works in many genres (including seven symphonies for large ensembles that span 1954 to 2001). In 1991, he received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Published by the American Composers Alliance (http://www.composers.com
) in “Six Chorales for Organ”
Recorded as part of "The Shelter Recordings," a project of the American Composers Alliance