Goens, Daniël van
Daniël van Goens was a French composer and cellist. Today, he is mostly known for a unique cello and piano work, although he has also written a wealth of music, which became a regular double bass repertoire. He collected several of his compositions, often written as versions for violin, and only the Scherzo has remained into today's repertoire. In 1885 he published his first works. The "Scherzo" is the second work of Op.12 and was published in Paris for cello and piano in 1895. Then in America in 1913, it was published as "Deux Morceaux" by Sons & Witmark (New York).
Goens' works were published by leading Parisian publishers such as Hamelle, Durand and Rouart. He also composed several orchestral works and two cello concertos: no.1 in A minor opus 7 (1886/87, published around 1899, à la mémoire du maître Léon Jacquard) and no.2 in D minor opus 30 (published around 1901, dedicated to David Popper). His last composition for cello and piano is the Berceuse opus 46, dedicated to his young daughter Gertrude, who was born of his marriage with the pianist Germaine Pollack shortly before his death. His most popular composition is undoubtedly the Scherzo opus 12 no.2. The ‘Van Goens Scherzo’ has become such a household name among cellists that no one actually ever stops to wonder who he was and where he came from.
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