Lucien Goethals

Category:componist, hedendaagse componist, koor
Gent, 26.06.1931 - Gent, 12.12.2006
Genre(s):20ste eeuw

Biography

Lucien Goethals was born on 26 June 1931 in Ghent. His spent his most important formative years in Argentina, where he studied at the Dima Conservatory of Buenos Aires (1933-1946). When he returned to Belgium, he continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent until 1956. Here he earned his first prize in organ, music history, counterpoint and fugue. Despite the conservative climate of the Flemish musical landscape, Goethals’ musical interest turned increasingly to the new international developments (serialism, electronic music, aleatory music). This interest was further stimulated by Norbert Rosseau, who introduced him to dodecaphonic techniques, although Goethals was largely self-taught in his evolution towards and thinking through of total serialism. As a composer and a producer for the Belgian radio, he was, like Louis de Meester, associated with the Institute for Psycho-Acoustic and Electronic Music (IPEM) in Ghent, from its founding in 1963. This offered him the opportunity to experiment with tape and electronic sound generators. He continued to work there until 1987. His many years of commitment to the IPEM explains the large share of electro-acoustic compositions in his oeuvre. Together with other young composers and musicologists, he was part of the SPECTRA work group (1963-1967). Goethals’ intensive involvement with the musical avant-garde of the 1960s was also evident in his participation in courses in Darmstadt and Bilthoven. Besides studies with Gottfried Michael Koenig, he furthered his studies in Utrecht (Instituut voor Sonologie) as well as in the use of the computer as a compositional medium. From 1971 he taught music analysis at the conservatory in Ghent. His students have included such composers as Filip Rathé, Petra Vermote and Frank Nuyts. In 1996 the Lucien Goethals Society was founded. This society concentrates both on the dissemination of the music of Goethals and his generation, and on the promotion of contemporary music in general. Goethals has already been awarded numerous prizes, most recently the ANV-Visser Neerlandiaprijs (1999).


Selective bibliography
- Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Muziekwetenschap/ Revue Belge de Musicologie, nr. 54, 2000 (speciaal nummer)
- J. DIERICKX, Ik ben ik en mijn omstandigheid. Lucien Goethals over (zijn) ruimtes en tijden, in Contra., jg. 3, nr. 3, 2004, p. 43-45.
- F. GEYSEN, art. Het orgeloeuvre van Lucien Goethals, in Orgelkunst, 9/2, 1986, p. 29-37
- Y. KNOCKAERT, art. Lucien Goethals. Een andere componist, in Ons Erfdeel, 36/5, 1993, p. 693-697
- De komponist Lucien Goethals, Yang, 56, 1974
- H. SABBE, Le constructivisme bifonctionnel. Essai d'analyse compositionelle d'une oeuvre musicale contemporaine, in Jaarboek IPEM, 2, 1967, Gent, 1968
- H. SABBE, Het muzikale serialisme als techniek en als denkmethode, Gent, 1977, p. 309-387
- H. SABBE, Ontwikkelingen uit het serialisme: Goethals, Laporte, Coppens, in Nieuwe Muziek in Vlaanderen, uitg. dr M. DELAERE, Y. KNOCKAERT en H. SABBE, Brugge, 1998, p.57-69
- SABBE, Inleiding en analytische commentaar bij de partituuruitgave van Twee Kristallen, in Documentae Musicae Novae, I, Gent, 1968
- H. SABBE, Inleiding en analytische commentaar bij de partituuruitgave van Cellotape en Endomorfie I, in Documentae Musicae Novae, II, Gent, 1970
- H. SABBE, Inleiding en analytische commentaar bij de partituuruitgave van Contrapuntos, in Documentae Musicae Novae, IV, Gent, 1974
- H. SABBE, Goethals Lucien: Mouvement (1967) in Contemporary Music in Flanders I: Flemish String quartets since 1950, uitg. dr. M. DELAERE en J. COMPEERS, Leuven, 2004, p. 40-41

©2001 Bart Put and ©2005 Rebecca Diependaele, for Flanders Music Information Centre and MATRIX (update)

Publisher
IPEM (Ghent)
CeBeDeM (Brussels)




Selective discography

Hedendaagse Belgische MuziekHedendaagse Belgische Muziek (1970)
20th century, Electro-Acoustic music
Louis De Meester, Herman Sabbe, Emmanuel Van Weerst, Pierre Bartholomée, Didier Gazelle, Lucien Goethals, Lucien Goethals, Henri Pousseur (...)
Goethals Lucien - Espacios y tiempos, Electronica partGoethals Lucien - Espacios y tiempos, Electronica part
20th century
Lucien Goethals, Lucien Goethals

Selectieve discografie als componist

Belgian Contempory Chamber MusicBelgian Contempory Chamber Music (1995)
20th century
Lucienne Van Deyck, Françoise Vanhecke, Spectra Ensemble, Karel Goeyvaerts, Claude Coppens, Frank Nuyts, Geert Logghe, Lucien Goethals (...)
Elektronische productie van het I.P.E.M. - L. de Meester - P. Beyls - R. De Smet - L. GoethalsElektronische productie van het I.P.E.M. - L. de Meester - P. Beyls - R. De Smet - L. Goethals (1978)
20th century, Electro-Acoustic music
Oswald Van Olmen, Louis De Meester, Paul De Wilde, Peter Beyls, Louis De Meester, Raoul De Smet, Lucien Goethals
H. Sparnay - L. Goethals - L. d. MeesterH. Sparnay - L. Goethals - L. d. Meester (1975)
Electro-Acoustic music, 20th century
Harry Sparnaay, Louis De Meester, Lucien Goethals
Lucien Goethals - Karel GoeyvaertsLucien Goethals - Karel Goeyvaerts (1973)
20th century, Electro-Acoustic music
Karel Goeyvaerts, Lucien Goethals
Hedendaagse Belgische MuziekHedendaagse Belgische Muziek (1970)
20th century, Electro-Acoustic music
Louis De Meester, Herman Sabbe, Emmanuel Van Weerst, Pierre Bartholomée, Didier Gazelle, Lucien Goethals, Lucien Goethals, Henri Pousseur (...)
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20th century, romanticism
Duo XXI, Giacinto Scelsi, Lucien Goethals, Vinko Globokar, Jan Van Landeghem, Robert J. Rosen, Claude Debussy, Frank Nuyts (...)
Lucien GoethalsLucien Goethals
20th century
Spectra Ensemble, Dina Grossberger, Harry Sparnaay, Polo de Haes, Lucien Goethals, Filip Rathé
Goethals Lucien - MouvementGoethals Lucien - Mouvement
20th century
Societa Cameristica Italiana, Lucien Goethals
Goethals Lucien - Espacios y tiempos, Electronica partGoethals Lucien - Espacios y tiempos, Electronica part
20th century
Lucien Goethals, Lucien Goethals

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