Goetschius, Percy

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Goetschius, Percy

Goetschius, Percy, American music pedagogue;b. Paterson, N.J., Aug. 30, 1853; d. Manchester, N.H., Oct. 29, 1943. He studied at the Stuttgart Cons., and taught various classes there. He then was on the faculty of Syracuse Univ. (1890-92) and at the New England Cons, of Music in Boston (1892-96). In 1905 he was appointed head of the dept. of music at the N.Y. Inst. of Musical Art, retiring in 1925.


The Material Used in Musical Composition (Stuttgart, 1882; 14th ed., 1913); The Theory and Practice of Tone-relations (Boston, 1892; 17th ed., 1917); Models of Principal Musical Forms (Boston, 1895); Syllabus of Music History (1895); The Homophonic Forms of Musical Composition (N.Y, 1898; 10th ed., 1921); Exercises in Melody Writing (N.Y, 1900; 9th ed., 1923); Applied Counterpoint (N.Y, 1902); Lessons in Music Form (Boston, 1904); Exercises in Elementary Counterpoint (N.Y, 1910); with T. Tapper, Essentials in Music History (N.Y, 1914); The Larger Forms of Musical Composition (N.Y, 1915); Masters of the Symphony (Boston, 1929); The Structure of Music (Philadelphia, 1934).

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