Martha Goldstein


Martha Goldstein (born Martha Svendsen; June 10, 1919 – February 14, 2014)[1] was an American harpsichordist and pianist, who gave concerts in the United States, North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.[2] She performed works by George Frideric Handel, Frédéric Chopin, Georg Philipp Telemann, Franz Liszt, Ferruccio Busoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, and others.[3]

Martha Goldstein
Goldstein standing behind an 1851 Erard piano
Martha Svendsen

June 10, 1919[1]
DiedFebruary 14, 2014 (2014-02-15) (aged 94)[1]
Occupation(s)Harpsichordist and pianist
SpouseAllen A. Goldstein[1]



Born in Baltimore, Maryland,[1] Goldstein was trained at the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School and studied with Audrey Plitt, Eliza Woods, James Friskin and Mieczysław Munz. She taught at the Peabody Conservatory for 20 years and at the Cornish College of the Arts.[2][3] She also performed as a guest artist with the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet,[4] wind quintet-in-residence at the University of Washington School of Music since 1968.[5]

Many of Goldstein's recordings were first released on LP by Pandora Records, which was founded in 1973 and active for more than ten years. The company went out of business with the advent of the CD. The entire archive of recordings is now available for download without restriction and can be found at many download sites, including Wikipedia (see Commons:Category:Martha Goldstein).[6] Often her recordings reflect historically informed performance, employing original period instruments and tunings.[7][8]

She died in Seattle, Washington on February 14, 2014. She had two sons, one of whom predeceased her, and was also survived by her husband of more than fifty years, Allen A. Goldstein (University of Washington Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, who died on January 21, 2022[9]), four stepchildren, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Commercial recordings

  • The Italian Harpsichord. Pandora Records, cat. no. PAN 101.[8]
  • Bach: Flute sonatas. Complete and Authentic Works from the Neue Bach Gesellschaft. Alex Murray (Baroque flute); Martha Goldstein (harpsichord). Pandora Records (1974) cat. no. PAN 104.
  • Chopin: Études, Op. 10; Études, Op. 25. Pandora Records, cat. no. PAN 107.
  • Bach: Flute Sonatas. Incomplete and Controversial Sonatas. Alex Murray (Baroque flute); Martha Goldstein (harpsichord). Pandora Records, cat. no. PAN 105.
  • Bach / Martha Goldstein - The Sound of the Keyboard Lute. Pandora Records, cat. no. PAN 111.
  • Brahms: Waltzes. Pandora Records (1987), cat. no. PAN 119.
  • Bach: Music for Solo Traverso, Volume I. Alex Murray (Baroque flute); Martha Goldstein (harpsichord). Pandora Records, cat. no. PC 176.[10]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Martha Goldstein obituary". The Seattle Times. February 27, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Liner notes for The Sound of the Italian Harpsichord". Pandora Records. 1973. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Martha Goldstein - Pianist at Piano Society". Piano Society. Retrieved September 10, 2009.
  4. ^ "Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet - Artists" at Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  5. ^ Megan Lyden (2000). "The Story of the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet", DMA diss, Seattle: University of Washington, 338 pages. OCLC 46797558.
  6. ^ Pandora Records
  7. ^ Chopin: Etudes, Op. 10 and Op. 25. Played on an Erard piano from 1851. (Audio files: commons:Études (Chopin). Further information and biography at Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  8. ^ a b PAN 101 is mentioned by the American Record Guide as a pioneering example of the use of historically informed tunings, in a review of Early Italian Harpsichord Music (1520–1670); Edward Parmentier, harpsichord; Wildboar WLBR 8001 (Harmonia Mundi): "Still in print is a Martha Goldstein recording of German and Italian music from Pandora (PAN 101). Goldstein uses a modern instrument in various tempered tunings, anticipating Parmentier's performance in his previous Wildboar release of Bach's Italian Concerto in Werckmeister temperament." American Record Guide, January/February 1986, p. 42.
  9. ^ "Allen A. Goldstein obituary". March 7, 2022. Retrieved March 2, 2023.
  10. ^ Reviewed by Stereo Review, April 1976, pp. 110–111.

Further reading

  • H. R. Smith Co. (1982). The New Records, Volume 50. Berkeley, California: University of California.
  • Crystal Record Company (1977). Directory of New Music. Scanned from a holding at the University of Michigan. OCLC 1085363
  • American Guild of Organists (1985). The American Organist, Volume 19, Issues 1–6.
  • Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri (1970). Muse, Volumes 4–6.
  •   Media related to Martha Goldstein at Wikimedia Commons