Composers

Jacob E. Goodman


Member since 2002
Founder of the New York Composers Circle, Current Member of the Board of Directors

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, 2004 – Variations for a Rainy Afternoon*
May 4, 2003 – Beneath the Trees
May 31, 2005 – Six Intermezzi for Piano*
March 4, 2006 – Three Yiddish Poems
March 9, 2007 – Quintet 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, 2016 – Three Nudes, for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, and piano*

* World Premiere