Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956) was a bandmaster, author, composer, and founding member and first president of the American Bandmasters Association. He received his musical training at the National Conservatory in New York, and from 1899-1909 he held the position of solo cornet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1911, he formed the Goldman Band, and by 1918, the band was performing a free summer concert series, which later became known as the Guggenheim Concert Series. Goldman conducted this series until his death in 1956. This collection was compiled by Mabel Rosenthal, a family friend of Goldman's, and consists of newspaper clippings, programs, correspondence, photographs, medals, and scores related to Goldman's career as a conductor and composer.
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The Mabel Rosenthal collection on Edwin Franko Goldman covers the period from 1927-1980; the bulk of the materials date from 1930-1955. The collection consists of newspaper clippings, programs, correspondence, photographs, medals, and scores related to Goldman's careers as a bandmaster and as a composer.
Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956) was a bandmaster, author, and composer. At age eight he was enrolled in the National Conservatory in New York, where he studied composition with Antonín Dvoand#345;and#225;k, and the cornet with J. Levy. From 1899-1909, Goldman held the position of solo cornet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
In 1911, he formed the Goldman Band. By 1918, the band began performing free summer concerts at Columbia University. Later, they moved to the Mall in Central Park where their performances became known as the Guggenheim Concert Series. Goldman conducted this series for thirty-eight seasons until his death in 1956. The series was taken over by his son Richard until 1979, and the series continued until 2005. Goldman was known for reviving forgotten band music as well as premiering new band music and his band was famous for its extensive repertoire. Goldman composed over one hundred marches, which were extremely popular. His most famous was "On the Mall."
In 1928, Goldman's enthusiasm for the concert band led to the founding of the American Bandmasters Association, and he became its first President. Following John Phillip Sousa, he became the organization's second Honorary Life President. Known also as an author, Goldman wrote The Foundation of Cornet Playing, Band Betterment, and The Goldman Band System. Goldman died in 1956, leaving behind an incomplete and unpublished autobiography, "Facing the Music," which is housed at the Library of Congress.
Mabel Rosenthal was a long-time family friend of Goldman's. She and her husband, Sol, were regular recipients of Goldman's newly published compositions, and they also assembled scrapbooks and collected press-clippings pertaining to Goldman's career. Rosenthal lived in New York.
This collection is organized into six series:
Gift of Myrna (grandchild of Mabel Rosenthal) and Jack Golden, July 2010.
Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library