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Though remembered as a conductor, the compositions of Euguene Goossens were ranked between the wars alongside those of Bax, Bridge and Walton Studied composition at the Royal College of Music in London with Charles Wood and Stanford Early influences include Debussy, Strauss and Stravinsky's The Firebird * Played violin in Queen's Hall Orchestra under Henry Wood, who allowed him to conduct own works at the Proms in 1913 * His music's initial radical nature mellowed into a style that was technically fluent, imaginatively coloured, melodious and often eclectic * Expert conductor, particularly of demanding contemporary repertoire * In 1921 conducted the London concert premiere of The Rite of Spring * In 1920s conducted Beecham's British National Opera Company at Covent Garden, Diaghilev's Ballets Russe, and directed series of new music concerts * Subsequently held appointments with Rochester Philharmonic (1923-31), Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (1931-46) and Sydney Symphony Orchestra (1947-56) * Championed the cause of the building of the Sydney Opera House

Works by Eugene Goossens include:
Miniature Fantasy (1911) for string orchestra
Symphony No.1 (1939-40) and Symphony No.2 (1942-44)
Pastorale (1942) for string orchestra
The Apocalypse (1951-54) for soloists, chorus and orchestra

"Music is the birthright of the people. The great composers whose music is timeless have a message for all who will hear it. Music is not the property of a small group of inititates or a priveleged few to whom its secrets are alone vouchsafed. It exists for our enjoyment, physically, mentally and spiritually..." — Eugene Goossens

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