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Theo Goldberg: Biography

Theo Goldberg
1921 - 2012
Region: British Columbia

Theo Goldberg

Theo Goldberg, born in Chemnitz, Germany in 1921, studied composition with Boris Blacher at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik. Until his emigration to Canada in 1954, Goldberg worked as a freelance composer for radio, television, the legitimate stage and the political cabaret in Berlin.

In Vancouver, Goldberg entered the public education system, acquiring his Masters Degree from Washington State University in 1967 and his Doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1970. He began his teaching career at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and at the Vancouver Academy of Music. After his retirement in 1986, Goldberg joined the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre as Professor Emeritus and Research Associate.

Coming out of the artistic environment of the Berlin surrealist group, and influenced by the musical aesthetics of his teacher, Goldberg's first twenty years of work reflect an interest in the strict formalism and rhythmic experimentation prevalent during that period. His involvement with electronic music, which began in the late 1940's, continued into the early 1970's in Vancouver with computer music. Initially, Goldberg took advantage of isomorphic relationships between musical and visual structures. His works evolved eventually into collaborative multimedia pieces. This medium, using computer graphics and video, has preoccupied seven of his works in the last decade, and has involved composer Barry Truax and performers such as Lawrence Cherney and Vivienne Spiteri.



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