Goodman, Saul

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Saul Goodman


Born: July 17, 1906

Died: January 26, 1996

Country: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.


Teachers: Alfred Friese

Mentions: Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society "Hall of Fame" (1972)[1]

Orchestra: New York - The Big List of timpanists - New York Philharmonic

Saul Goodman (1907–1996) was a timpanist in the New York Philharmonic orchestra from 1926 to 1972. Saul learned under the instruction of Alfred Friese, whom he succeeded as principal timpanist in the New York Philharmonic. He also was a member of the faculties at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal and the Juilliard School of Music where he taught many who went on to become timpanists in symphony orchestras around the world. During his career Goodman made innovations in drum and mallet construction, including a tuning system for drums and a line of timpani mallets. [2]

Books for Percussion

Modern Method for Tympani

Works for Percussion

Solo Works

Ballad for the Dance - Timpani
Introduction and Allegro - Timpani
Modern Classic Solos for Snare Drum - Snare Drum
Panorama - Timpani; Piano
The Maestro - Snare Drum
The Worried Drummer - Snare Drum

Ensemble Works

Canon for Percussion - Percussion Sextet
Dance Patterns - Percussion Quartet
Off We Go - Percussion Quartet
Proliferation Suite - Percussion Sextet
Scherzo (Goodman) - Percussion Trio
Theme and Variations (Goodman) - Percussion Quartet
Timpiana - Percussion Duo; Timpani, Drumset


  1. Saul Goodman Hall of Fame Bio Retrieved 06/04/2012
  2. Saul Goodman Wikipedia, Retrieved 06/04/2012