Goldman, Edwin Franko


Renowned bandmaster and composer famed for his marches


Condition:  Very Good, slightly age-toned overall
Description:  (1878-1956) Jewish-American composer and conductor. One of the most significant American band composers of the early 20th century, composed 150+ works, best known for his marches and founded the renowned Goldman Band of New York and the American Bandmasters Association.  His works are characterized by their pleasant and catchy tunes, as well as their fine trios and solos. He also encouraged audiences to whistle/hum along to his marches. He wrote singing and whistling into the score of “On the Mall” which vies with “Chimes of Liberty” as his most-enduring marches.

Born in Kentucky, and at 9 he moved to New York City. Before her marriage, Goldman’s mother was a professional pianist and part of the famous Franko Family, which made its debut at Steinway Hall in 1869. At 9, Goldman studied cornet at New York’s Hebrew Orphan Asylum. In 1892, he attended the National Conservatory of Music after winning a scholarship. In 1893 he became a professional trumpet player, performing with the Metropolitan Opera House orchestra alongside his uncle Nahan Franko, the orchestra’s concertmaster and assistant conductor. In 1909 he left the Metropolitan Opera orchestra to work for the publishing house Carl Fischer Music, where he remained for 10 years. 

Goldman founded the New York Military Band in 1911, later known as the Goldman Band. The Band played summer concerts throughout New York, especially at The Green at Columbia University and at The Mall in Central Park. In the 1930s the band performed 3 nights a week at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park bandstand, also heard on many radio broadcasts. A feature of every concert was the encore, almost always Ravel’s “Bolero” or Goldman’s own composition “On the Mall”, accompanied by the audience singing the theme. He moonlighted as the first professional “coach” of Columbia University’s marching and symphonic bands 1920-26. His wife wrote the lyrics to “On the Mall” and several other of his more popular pieces.

In 1929, he founded the American Bandmasters Association and was Second Honorary Life President after Sousa. For his contribution to the radio industry, Goldman has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1931, he wrote the “Boy Scouts of America March”. He also composed many cornet solos and other short works for piano and orchestra.

Pencil signed lined 3 x 5 note card

Type: Signed Card

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