Friedrich Goldmann
Apr 27 , 1941 - Jul 24 , 2009

Born on 27 April 1941 in Chemnitz, Goldmann’s music education began in 1951 when he joined the Dresden Kreuzchor. At age 18, he was awarded a scholarship by the City of Darmstadt to study with Karlheinz Stockhausen (Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, 1959), who further encouraged him over the following years. Subsequently, Stockhausen invited him to the Darmstadt courses of 1961 and 1962, but he was unable to travel after the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. He studied composition at the Dresden Conservatory from 1959, taking his exam two years early in 1962. From 1962 until 1964 he attended master classes at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin with Rudolph Wagner-Régeny. Simultaneously he began working as a freelance music assistant at the Berliner Ensemble where he met and befriended other composers, writers and directors, including Heiner Müller, Luigi Nono, Ruth Berghaus and BK Tragelehn. He also met Paul Dessau, who became a close friend and mentor. From 1964 until 1968, he studied musicology at Humboldt University of Berlin. Thereafter he worked as a freelance composer and conductor, and continued writing for theatre productions.

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Born on 27 April 1941 in Chemnitz, Goldmann’s music education began in 1951 when he joined the Dresden Kreuzchor. At age 18, he was awarded a scholarship by the City of Darmstadt to study with Karlheinz Stockhausen (Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, 1959), who further encouraged him over the following years. Subsequently, Stockhausen invited him to the Darmstadt courses of 1961 and 1962, but he was unable to travel after the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. He studied composition at the Dresden Conservatory from 1959, taking his exam two years early in 1962. From 1962 until 1964 he attended master classes at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin with Rudolph Wagner-Régeny. Simultaneously he began working as a freelance music assistant at the Berliner Ensemble where he met and befriended other composers, writers and directors, including Heiner Müller, Luigi Nono, Ruth Berghaus and BK Tragelehn. He also met Paul Dessau, who became a close friend and mentor. From 1964 until 1968, he studied musicology at Humboldt University of Berlin. Thereafter he worked as a freelance composer and conductor, and continued writing for theatre productions.

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