NYCC Composer Profile

Jacob E. Goodman

JACOB E. GOODMAN, Founding President of the New York Composers Circle in 2002, formerly its Concert Director and Outreach Coordinator, and member of its Program Comittee and its John Eaton Memorial Composers' Competition Committee, is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at City College (The City University of New York), the author of many books and research articles, and a founding editor of the journal Discrete & Computational Geometry (more details on his Wikipedia page).  He has composed and improvised all his life, and has studied composition with, among others, Ezra Laderman and David Del Tredici.

His works have been performed in New York, Nebraska, Delaware, Toronto, Buenos Aires, and Tokyo. Recent compositions include a set of six intermezzi for piano, three song cycles (two set to poems in English, the other in Yiddish), a set of variations for orchestra on a Beethoven theme, a quintet for flute, strings, and piano, “Variations for a Rainy Afternoon” for flute, violin, cello, and piano, “Oui, J’Aime Brahms,” for cello and piano, a prelude for saxophone and piano, a set of nocturnes for violin and piano, three bagatelles for piano, a set of variations for piano trio in the style of Beethoven, an Andante for String Quartet, and the score for the documentary film “Meet Me at the Canoe,” produced for the American Museum of Natural History by his daughter Naomi Goodman-Broom.

He currently lives in San Rafael, California, where he takes part in the monthly salons — like those of the NYCC — of a composers’ group called Irregular Resolutions.

NYCC Concert Performances:

April 13, 2004Variations for a Rainy Afternoon*

May 4, 2003 – Beneath the Trees

May 31, 2005Six Intermezzi for Piano*

March 4, 2006Three Yiddish Poems

March 9, 2007Quintet for Flute, Piano, and Strings*

June 7, 2008 – Variations on a Theme of Beethoven*

February 14, 2009 – Oui J'Aime, Brahms*

May 26, 2009 – Variations for Piano

February 23, 2010 – Three Nocturnes for Violin and Piano*

February 15, 2011 Three Bagatelles for Piano

December 20, 2011 – Beneath the Trees

February 19, 2013 – Variations for a Rainy Afternoon

April 22, 2014 Variationen G-Dur, für Klavier, Violene, und Violoncello*

October 24, 2014 – Six Intermezzi for Piano

December 1, 2014 Andante for String Quartet*

April 26, 2016Three Nudes, for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, and piano*

* World Premiere


Member since 2002

NYCC Founder and Board of Directors

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