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Alexander Goehr


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Alexander Goehr (born 10 August 1932 in Berlin) is an English composer and academic.

He was born in Berlin, the son of Walter Goehr. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (1952–55) where he met Peter Maxwell Davies, Harrison Birtwistle, John Ogdon and Elgar Howarth. Together they formed New Music Manchester, a group dedicated to performances of contemporary music. In 1956 he went to Paris to study with Olivier Messiaen at the Conservatoire, and the same year he went to Darmstadt where his Fantasia for orchestra received its first performance. Whilst resident in Paris in 1956–57, Goehr also had private consultations with Pierre Boulez.

In 1971 he was appointed Professor of Music at the University of Leeds, moving in 1976 to a similar position at the University of Cambridge, which he held until 1999.

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