William Goldstein

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William Goldstein
Born 1942-02-25
Birth Place Newark, New Jersey, USA
Nationality American   USA.svg

William Goldstein is an American composer and performer. He has been in the industry for decades, and even received Emmy and Grammy nominations for his works. He is known for composing for film and television works. Among his most popular works include Hello Again and Shocker, as well as the show Fame.

In high school, Goldstein learned to play the trumpet and ended up joining the high school band. After graduating high school, he continued to study the trumpet at Trenton State College. He was also a composer for the United States Army Band during the Vietnam War.

Goldstein's musical career took off when he was discovered by Barry Gordy. As a result, he was signed to different popular record labels including Columbia Picture Screen Gems and even Motown where he worked as a composer, producer, and performer.

In 1988, Goldstein was hired by Sierra Entertainment to compose the music for all versions of their game King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella. This would be the only game William worked on. While there was a Stuart Goldstein who worked for Sierra as their lead sound programmer, it is unknown if the two are related, and their identical surnames may be coincidental.

Audio Development

Since most ports credit Goldstein not just with composition, but also performance, he most likely wrote his music in the same way the other composers at Sierra did, by using Voyetra's Sequencer Plus Gold, with his music being converted into Sierra's sound drivers by Stuart Goldstein. This can also be supported because most (but not all) Sierra games usually credited its arrangers. However, if his music was arranged by someone else, it was most likely Mark Seibert.


Released Title Sample Notes
1988-??-?? King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (AST)
1988-??-?? King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (DOS)
1989-02-?? King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (APL2)
1990-??-?? King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (AMI)