Morton Gould

Biography

Born: December 10, 1913; Richmond Hill, NY   Died: February 21, 1996; Orlando, FL  
Morton Gould was an important American composer, generally overshadowed by Copland, Barber, and Bernstein. Like Bernstein, he wrote in both popular and classical styles and often mixed the two. Many record collectors around the middle of the twentieth century knew him primarily as a conductor of popular music, as well as of newer works in the realm of serious music. His "classical" style in composition generally offered few challenges to Read more listeners and often featured well-known themes of a patriotic or folk origin, or were based on melodies from American composers out of the past. Foster Gallery (1939) and American Ballads (1976) fall into this realm.

Gould was born in Richmond Hill, Long Island, New York. He was a musical prodigy of a rare order, playing the piano and composing by age four. His parents were strongly supportive of their young son and helped to get his first work, a waltz entitled Just Six, both performed and published when he was still only six years old.

By age eight, he was performing regularly on radio broadcasts. Later, he studied at the Institute of Musical Arts in New York and in New York University, where he was instructed in composition by Vincent Jones. He also studied piano with Abby Whiteside. In his late teens, Gould played piano in vaudeville and radio in various freelancing assignments, but also held positions with Radio City Music Hall and NBC. At age 21, (1934) he landed a conducting post with WOR Radio, regularly leading an orchestra in popular music fare. He recorded for RCA beginning in the 1930s and made piano rolls for Ampico.

One of Gould's first successes in composition was his Chorale and Fugue in Jazz (1935), which received a prestigious premiere on January 2, 1936, with Leopold Stokowski leading the Philadelphia Orchestra. Gould was beginning to turn out many significant compositions now: his Piano Concerto came in 1937 and his Violin Concerto in 1938. The following year, he wrote the aforementioned work based on popular Stephen Foster themes, Foster Gallery, which was subsequently recorded by Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops Orchestra.

Gould became music director of the popular radio programs "The Chrysler Hour" and "Cresta Blanca Carnival" in the 1940s. He composed three symphonies (of four) in that decade, as well as a spate of other works, including his Viola Concerto (1943) and Fall River Legend (1947).

Gould also wrote for Broadway, turning out Billion Dollar Baby in 1945 and Arms and the Girl in 1950. In 1944, he appeared in the film Delightfully Dangerous, for which he wrote the score. His career scoring films continued with other efforts including Cinerama Holiday (1955) and Windjammer (1958). He also composed numerous scores for television shows in the 1960s and 1970s. His last important effort here was for the mini-series Holocaust (1978), which starred Meryl Streep. In 1966, Gould received a Grammy award for his recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra of Ives' First Symphony.

Gould continued to write concert music, as well, though one might assert that the film world may ultimately have sabotaged his chances somewhat to attain a higher level of art. Still, his Symphony of Spirituals and American Ballads, both premiered in 1976, demonstrated his undiminished talent. From 1986 until 1994 he served as president of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). In 1995, Gould received a Pulitzer Prize for his composition Stringmusic. Read less
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    Dances / Benjamin Grosvenor
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002130302 Release Date: 08/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Grosvenor
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    The Piano in America / Dubal, Waldoff
    Label: Arkiv   Catalog: 70002 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Brown,  James Hewitt,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Richard Hoffman  ... 
    Performer:  David Dubal,  Stanley Waldoff
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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    Contaminazioni
    Label: Amadeus Arte   Catalog: 13002 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Roberto Pansera,  Ora Bat Chaim,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Performer:  Francesco Scrofani Cancellieri,  Gianluca Campagnolo,  Salvatore Ciccotta,  Graziano Lo Presti  ... 
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    Cinerama Holiday [original Soundtrack]
    Label: Sepia Records   Catalog: 1247 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  Jack Shaindlin
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    Panorama Of American Piano Music / Yvar Mikhashoff
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 262 Release Date: 12/03/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Leo Ornstein,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Yvar Mikhashoff
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    Gould: An American Salute /
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 2572 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  Michael J. Colburn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  "President's Own" United States Marine Band
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    Label: Sepia Records   Catalog: 1234 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Recorded Sound,  Pablo Casals,  Spoken Word  ... 
    Performer:  Harald Tusberg,  Lasse Kolstad,  Kaare Terland,  Sven Libaek  ... 
    Conductor:  Jack Shaindlin
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    Best Of Pops / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 3580 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Leroy Anderson,  Victor Young,  Meredith Willson  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    American Journeys
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11194 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John T. Williams,  Morton Gould,  Michael Daugherty,  Karl King  ... 
    Performer:  Dan S. Vinson
    Conductor:  Kenneth W. Megan Jr.,  Richard E. Wyman
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Melody Mixture
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5197 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dolf van der Linden,  Henry Mancini,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Dimitri Tiomkin  ... 
    Performer:  Tommy Reilly
    Conductor:  Ludo Philipp,  Frank Cordell,  Wal-Berg,  Wally Stott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fred Hartley Music
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    America The Beautiful - A Collection Of Patriotic Songs
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 72152 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Laurie Hochman,  Samuel Augustus Ward,  Morton Gould  ... 
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    Manhattan Playboys: American Light Classics
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1206 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Robert Farnon,  Leroy Anderson,  Cy Coleman  ... 
    Conductor:  Iain Sutherland
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001831802 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern,  Alban Berg,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Helga Pilarczyk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mihaly Székely,  Olga Szönyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    Findlay in Blue - Piano Music of Gershwin, Gottschalk & Gould / Findlay Cockrell
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1414 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Findlay Cockrell
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    Waiting For Benny / Julien Herve, Jean-hisanori Sugitani
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573032 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Julien Herve,  Jean-Hisanori Sugitani,  Ying Lai Green,  Maud Lovett
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  • 17.
    Lost Vegas
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11195 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Michael Daugherty,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Patrick Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Marienthal,  Otto Ehling,  Bernie Dresel,  Christian Tamburr  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas G. Leslie
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    Morton Gould: American Legend
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503259 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Stephanie Zelnick,  James F. Neal
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar,  Scott Weiss,  Kenneth Schermerhorn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  University of Kansas Wind Ensemble,  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
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    Golden Age Of Light Music: Invitation To The Dance
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5210 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Alexandre Luigini,  William Blezard,  Jack Egan  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Renzi
    Conductor:  Dolf van der Linden,  Michael Freedman,  Cedric Dumont,  Harry Davidson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helmut Zacharias and His Magic Violins
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    American Spirit: Roots & Transformations
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8505233 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Vincent Persichetti,  Roy Harris,  Ernst Bacon  ... 
    Performer:  Barry Scott,  Sharon Mabry,  Roger Wiesmeyer,  Anthony LaMarchina  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Angel Gil-Ordóńez,  Thomas Wilkins,  Peter Boyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Nashville Symphony Chorus,  Post-Classical Ensemble  ... 
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  • 21.
    American Salute
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11191 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dudley Buck,  Edwin Eugene Bagley,  Louis Panella,  Charles Parker  ... 
    Conductor:  Larry H. Lang,  Jack Stamp
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  • 22.
    Gould: Concerto Grosso, Formations, Cinerama Holiday / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559715 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Jeff Silberschlag,  Mariel Bailey,  John Weller,  Maria Larionoff  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra members
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  • 23.
    Not Sousa Vol 4 / United States Military Bands
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 56042 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Paris Chambers,  Adolphe Sellenick,  Morton Gould,  Howard Hanson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band,  United States Marine Band,  United States Naval Academy Band  ... 
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    Americana / United States Coast Guard Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 60832 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Beckel, James A., Jr.,  Lewis J. Buckley,  Ian Frenkel,  Floyd Werlé  ... 
    Performer:  United States Coast Guard Band,  Tracy J. Thomas,  Ian Frenkel,  Albert A. Lyman  ... 
    Conductor:  Lewis J. Buckley
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  • 25.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Lost Transcriptions, Vol. 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5184 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sydney Baynes,  Noel Coward,  Jonny Heynkens,  Cole Porter  ... 
    Performer:  Denny Vaughan
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Al Orchestra Sack,  Van Phillips,  Peter Yorke  ... 
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