Lucien Goethals

(b. 26 June 1931, Ghent – d. 12 December 2006, Ghent).

Belgian composer of works that have been performed throughout the world.

Mr. Goethals began studies in music theory and piano with Ernestina Carlota Faedo at the Departamento de Artes Musicales Carlos López Buchardo of the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte in Buenos Aires at age nine and began composing at age thirteen. He then studied at the Hogeschool Gent Conservatorium in Ghent from 1947–57, where he earned diplomas in composition, counterpoint, fugue, harmony, music history, organ, and piano. He studied composition and orchestration privately with Norbert Rosseau from 1958–60 and new techniques in composition with Gottfried Michael Koenig at the Stichting Gaudeamus in Amsterdam in 1961. He later attended courses in computer composition with Gottfried Michael Koenig at the Instituut voor Sonologie of the Universiteit Utrecht in 1968.

Among his honours are the Émile Mathieu Prijs (1956), the Provinciale Prijs from the province of East Flanders (1960), Cinquième Prix in the Concours International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges (1973, for Contrapuntos), the Koopal-Prijs (1976, for his chamber music), and the Driejaarlijkse Cultuurprijs from the city of Ghent (1981), the SABAM-Prijs (1985), and the ANV-Visser Neerlandia-prijs in Den Haag (1999, for his œuvre).

He was also active in other positions. He co-founded with Louis De Meester the Instituut voor Psychoacustica en Elektronische Muziek (IPEM) at the Universiteit Gent in 1962 and served as its artistic director from 1970–87.

He taught as Docent van Muziekanalyse at the Hogeschool Gent Conservatorium from 1970–92.

His publisher is the Centre Belge de Documentation Musicale (CeBeDeM).


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COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS (note that the composer prefers a chronological listing; film scores are listed separately)


Burleske 1, piano, 1949

Fantasia 1, violin, piano, 1949


Kleine Arabeske, violin, piano, 1950

Fantasia 2, violin, piano, 1950

Pastorale, piano, 1951

Praeludium, French horn, piano, timpani, string orchestra, 1952

Burleske 2, violin, piano, 1952

Andantino, piano, 1952

Duo, violin, piano, 1952

Waterlelie, piano, 1952

Kleine prelude in oude stijl, organ, 1952

Pequeño Interludio Bitonal, piano, 1953

Burletta, piano, Op. 1, 1953

Sonata, violin, piano, 1955

Adagio 1, flute, clarinet, violin, 1955

Kreoolse Dans, piano, 1956

Sonatine, organ, Op. 2, 1956

Adagio 2, organ, Op. 3, 1957

Inventie, violin, piano, Op. 4, 1957

Kwintet 1, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano, Op. 5, 1957

Concerto No. 1, organ, string orchestra, Op. 7, 1957

Fantasia en Fuga, organ, Op. 9, 1957 (lost)

Concerto No. 2, flute, timpani, string orchestra, 1958

Ballade in Akademische (Belgische) Stijl, violin, piano, 1958

Twee Capriccio's, piano, Op. 11, 1959

Drie Stukken, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, Op. 12, 1959

Música Dodecafónica, piano, 1959

Twee Dodecafonische Gestalten, piano, 1959

Symfonie, organ, 1959 (incomplete)

Triptiek, organ, Op. 13, 1959

Drie Essais, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, Op. 14, 1959

Rituele Suite, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, Op. 15, 1959

Sonata, violin, piano, 1959

Cinq Impromptus, small orchestra, Op. 16, 1959

Kwintet 2, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1959 (lost)

Suite Criolla, piano 4 hands, 1959

Drie Capriccio's, organ, Op. 17, 1959


Interludium, organ, Op. 18, 1961

Twee Tekeningen, piano, Op. 20, 1961

Twee Kristallen, piano, Op. 21, 1961

Sonate, guitar, Op. 22, 1961

Klankstructuren, organ, 1962

Studie met sinus-, driehoeks- en rechthoeksgolven, fixed media (2 tracks), 1962

Studie I, fixed media (2 tracks), 1962

Studie II, fixed media (2 tracks), 1962

Studie III, fixed media (2 tracks), 1962

Diálogos, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 2 double basses, percussion, string orchestra, fixed media (2 tracks), 1963 (also shorter version as Suite uit Diálogos, 1963; part for fixed media may be performed separately as Cadenza uit Diálogos)

Pentagoon, piano, 1963

Studie V, fixed media (2 tracks), 1964

Endomorfie I, violin, piano, fixed media (1 track), 1964 (also shorter version for violin, piano, 1964; version for fixed media, 1964)

Endomorfie II, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, fixed media ad libitum, 1965

Cellotape, cello, piano, fixed media (1/2/4 tracks), 1965

Wiegelied (text by Jan Vercammen), voice, piano, 1966

Lecina (text by Jan van der Hoeven), mezzo-soprano, flute, violin, cello, 1966

Sinfonía en Gris Mayor, 2 percussion, 2 orchestras, fixed media (4 tracks), 1966

Contrapuntos, fixed media (2–12 tracks) ad libitum, 1966

Movimientos y Acciones, flute, clarinet, harp, vibraphone, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, 1967

Vensters (text by Jan van der Hoeven), female speaker, male speaker, cello, piano, 3/4 percussion, fixed media (5/6 tracks), 3/4 film projectors, 1967 (shorter version as Suite uit Vensters, cello, piano, percussion, fixed media [2 tracks], 1967)

Formosis, fixed media (2 tracks), 1967

Mouvement (eerste strijkkwartet), string quartet, 1967

Enteuxis, flute, oboe, 6 violins, 3 violas, 2 cellos, double bass, 1968

Zeven Haikoes (text by Gust Gils), speaker, fixed media (2 tracks), 1968

Studie VI, fixed media (2 tracks), 1969

Ensimismamientos, bassoon, violin, cello, piano, fixed media, 1969

Cáscaras (text by Claudio Rodríguez), mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1969

Quebraduras, violin, viola, cello, piano, 1969

Vier Stukken, bass clarinet, piano, 1969


Siete Soliloquios, violin, 1970

Superposiciones, bassoon, violin, cello, piano, 1970

Suma, any number of players ad libitum, fixed media (2 tracks), 1971

'...!', mime, flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, French horn, trombone, viola, cello, harpsichord, fixed media, slide projections, 1971 (collaboration with Karel Goeyvaerts, Herman Sabbe)

Concerto voor orkest, percussion, 2 orchestras, 1972

Tres Paisajes Sonoros, flute, oboe, French horn, trombone, violin, double bass, harpsichord, 1973

Meliorbis, fixed media (2–14 tracks) ad libitum, 1973

Studie VIIb, fixed media (2 tracks), 1973

Drie Preludia en een Postludium bij vier gedichten van Gust Gils, speaker, trombone, double bass, 1973

Llanto por Salvador Allende, trombone, 1973

Sonoor Portret van Jean Bilquin, fixed media (2 tracks), 1973 (music for exhibition by Jean Bilquin)

Difonium, bass clarinet, fixed media (2 tracks), 1974

Diferencias, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1974

Fusion, bass clarinet, piano, fixed media (2 tracks), 1975

Polyfonium I, fixed media (2 tracks), 1975

Triptiek, violin, harpsichord, 1975

Fantasia en Humoreske, 2 oboes, English horn, 1975

Fantasia, tenor recorder, harpsichord, 1975

Quatre Pièces pour Orchestre, orchestra, 1976

Hommage à Schoenberg, flute (+ alto flute), percussion, 1977

De Tuin der Lusten, bass clarinet, fixed media (2 tracks), 1977

Sonoor Portret van Pierre Vlerick, piano, fixed media (2 tracks), 1977 (incomplete)

Pluriversum, fixed media (2 tracks), 1978

Música con cantus firmus triste, flute (+ alto flute), violin, viola, cello, 1978

Variaties op een thema van Herman Sabbe, organ, 1979

Gmébophonies, flute, alto saxophone, viola, cello, electronic organ, percussion, fixed media, 1979

Pampa (text by Ricardo Güiraldes), mezzo-soprano, alto flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2 percussion, 1979

Sonata, double bass, fixed media (2 tracks), 1979

Rituel, zheng (zither from China), percussion from China, fixed media (2 tracks), 1979


Paal en Perk (text by Hugo Claus), mezzo-soprano, flute (+ alto flute), oboe, clarinet, French horn, trombone, double bass, 2 percussion, 1980

Tres Momentos Musicales, violin, fixed media, 1980

Trio, flute (+ alto flute), bass clarinet (+ contrabass clarinet), piano, 1980

Ofrenda, trumpet, piano, 1980

Polyfonium II/80, fixed media (2 tracks), 1980

Paysages Électroacoustiques, fixed media (2/4 tracks), 1980

Beweging voor klarinetkwartet, E-flat clarinet, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 1981

Ladrido (text by Ricardo Güiraldes), soprano, clarinet, French horn, percussion, 1981

Para Cinco, flute, oboe, French horn, vibraphone, percussion, 1983

Paisajes Interiores, flute, 1983

Concerto, bass clarinet (+ contrabass clarinet), orchestra, 1983

Duelos, xylorimba, percussion, 1984

Drie Inventies, bass clarinet (+ alto saxophone), xylorimba (+ vibraphone), 1984

Introductie en Fantasie op de naam Jan Broeckx, organ, 1985

Selva, fixed media, 1986

Europa Sonate, flute, oboe, double bass, piano, 1989

Twee Liederen (texts by Erik Spinoy, Dirk van Bastelaere), soprano, small orchestra (12 players), 1989


Concierto de la Luz y las Tinieblas, organ, small orchestra (13 players), 1990

Dos Proyecciones Musicales, flute (+ alto flute), alto clarinet (+ bass clarinet), piano, 1990

Azulejos, 4 guitars, 1991

Tres Cantos (text by Rubén Darío), soprano, flute, violin, viola, cello, 1991

Tweehandige Inventie, piano, 1991

Synthèse '92, fixed media, 1992

Seis Sonetos (text by Lope de Vega), mixed chorus, 1992

Tweede Strijkkwartet, string quartet, 1992

Dos Piezas, trumpet (+ piccolo trumpet, tenor bugle), 1993

Encuentros Solitarios, violin, 1996

Prelude op de naam Raf Goormans, organ, 1997

Otros Momentos, fixed media, 1998

Cuatro Poemas de Federico García Lorca, mezzo-soprano, alto flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 1998

Dendrofonies, fixed media, 1999

Fuga Enigmática, flute, clarinet, guitar, cello, piano, vibraphone, 1999

Gilgamesj, flute, oboe, trumpet, trombone, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 1999

Isjtar, alto recorder (+ tenor recorder, bass recorder), piano, 1999


Festina Lente (text by Gust Gils), mezzo-soprano, baritone, flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2 percussion, 2001

El Laberinto de Euterpe, 4 recorders, percussion, 2001

Tríptico Azul, piccolo trumpet (+ bugle, trumpet), organ, 2002

Cuadro Cervantino (texts by Miguel de Cervantes, Stefaan Van den Bremt), mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, bass, flute, oboe, bass clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, 2003

Espacios y Tiempos, harp, violin, fixed media, 2003

Ensimismamientos Espaciales, fixed media, 2004


Les Poissons: La Perche, fixed media, 1963 (M. Bruhon)

Sirène, flute, string quartet, fixed media, 1968 (animation; Raoul Servais)

Baboush, flute, cello, 1971 (animation; Raoul Servais)

To Speak or Not to Speak, fixed media, 1972 (animation; Raoul Servais)

Pegasus, mixed chorus, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, violin, cello, double bass, fixed media, 1973 (animation; Raoul Servais)

Harpya, fixed media, 1979 (animation; Raoul Servais)

Atraksion, fixed media, 2001 (animation; Raoul Servais)


De Wonderwinkel, big band, fixed media, 1979 (animation; BRT)