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Morton Gould

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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
Musical Christmas Tree - Morton Gould
Release Date: 08/06/2007   Label: Rca Victor Red Seal  
Catalog: 7931   Number of Discs: 1
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Morton Gould: American Legend
Release Date: 01/29/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8503259   Number of Discs: 3
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American Classics - Gould: Fall River Legend, Etc
Release Date: 11/15/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559242   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - Gould: American Ballads, Etc / Kuchar
Release Date: 07/18/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559005   Number of Discs: 1
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Gould: Derivations / Scott Weiss, U Of Kansas Wind Ensemble
Release Date: 05/31/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572629   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 101.
    American Classics -  An American Salute - Spirit Of The Nation
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559147 Release Date: 06/18/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Morton Gould,  John Philip Sousa,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Theodore Kuchar,  Keith Brion,  Richard Hayman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 102.
    The Dream Goes On / United States Navy Band & Sea Chanters Chorus
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 5572 Release Date: 04/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Richard Hayman,  Irving Berlin,  Woody Guthrie  ... 
    Performer:  Michael B. Roberts,  John R. Bury,  John L. Fisher,  Wayne C. Taylor  ... 
    Conductor:  Ralph M. Gambone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Navy Band,  United States Navy Sea Chanters
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  • 103.
    Mark Twain's America
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470513 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Irving Berlin,  Scott Joplin,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen,  Simon Estes,  Benjamin Luxon,  David Willison  ... 
    Conductor:  Lt. Col. Fred J. Harris,  Antal Doráti,  Stanley Black,  Willie Anthony Waters  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  New York Philharmonic members,  Canadian Brass  ... 
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  • 104.
    Always Ready / Buckley, United States Coast Guard Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 5570 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Beckel, James A., Jr.,  Samuel Augustus Ward,  Charles Ives,  Thomas Briggs  ... 
    Conductor:  Lewis J. Buckley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Coast Guard Band
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  • 105.
    American Classics - Celebrate The American Spirit
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8504024 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Edward MacDowell,  Howard Hanson,  Walter Piston,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Prutsman,  Michele Walsh,  James Oliver Buswell,  Randolph Kelly  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fagan,  Kenneth Schermerhorn,  Theodore Kuchar,  Tony Rowe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 106.
    American Classics -  A Sampler
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559118 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward MacDowell,  Howard Hanson,  Samuel Barber,  Walter Piston  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Prutsman,  Olga Shylayeva,  Randolph Kelly,  James Oliver Buswell  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fagan,  Kenneth Schermerhorn,  Marin Alsop,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 107.
    Greatest Band In The Land! / Goldman Band
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67641 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Holloway,  F.H. Brown,  Frank W. Meacham,  Victor Herbert  ... 
    Performer:  James Burke,  Melvyn Broiles
    Conductor:  Richard Franko Goldman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Goldman Band
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  • 108.
    New Music For The Piano - Dahl, Babbit, Perle, Et Al / Helps
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 874 Release Date: 05/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Alexander,  Earl Kim,  Mark Brunswick,  Joseph Prostakoff  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Helps
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  • 109.
    Shura Charkassky - The Historic 1940s Recordings
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 72003 Release Date: 04/17/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Morton Gould,  Vladimir I. Rebikov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
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  • 110.
    American Winds
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 3711 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Norman Dello Joio,  Morton Gould,  Alfred Reed,  Joseph Wilcox Jenkins  ... 
    Conductor:  William H. Silvester
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble
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  • 111.
    Made In America - Gershwin, Copland, Etc / Rhonda Ringering
    Label: Dolce Sfogato   Catalog: 5637450350 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Rhonda Ringering
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  • 112.
    Composers In New York - Copland, Schuman, Gould, Barber, Etc
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9848 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Aaron Copland,  Samuel Barber,  William Schuman
    Performer:  Charles Niedich
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 113.
    American Classics - Gould: American Ballads, Etc / Kuchar
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559005 Release Date: 07/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Chinoiserie / Jenny Lin
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1110 Release Date: 05/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Leo Ornstein,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Jenny Lin
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  • 115.
    When The Trumpets Call / Mills, Satterwhite, Culvahouse, Etc
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 247 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ron Nelson,  John Philip Sousa,  Donald Grantham,  David Gillingham  ... 
    Performer:  Frederic Mills
    Conductor:  John N. Culvahouse,  H. Dwight Satterwhite
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Georgia Wind Symphony
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  • 116.
    Holst: The Planets;  Debussy, Gould / Stokowski, Nbc So
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 526 Release Date: 03/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Claude Debussy,  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 3454 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Fillmore,  Alfredo Javaloyes,  Cecil Karrick,  John Philip Sousa  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald E. McGinnis,  Walter Beeler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ohio State University Concert Band,  Ithaca College Concert Band
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  • 118.
    America! A Celebration Of Freedom From Our Nation's Finest
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 5556 Release Date: 09/07/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Henry Baker,  William Steffe,  Robert Russell Bennett  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Singing Sergeants,  United States Air Force Band
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  • 119.
    God Bless the USA / United States Army Band & Chorus
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 5565 Release Date: 02/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  George William Warren,  Traditional,  Samuel Augustus Ward  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Cramer,  Robert McDonald,  James Burchfiel
    Conductor:  L. Bryan Shelburne
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Band,  United States Army Chorus
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  • 120.
    Gould: Showpiece, Piano Concerto, Etc / Miller, Albany So
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 300 Release Date: 10/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Randall Hodgkinson
    Conductor:  David Alan Miller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Poems For Piano - Gould, Persichetti, Et Al / Mirian Conti
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 299 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent Persichetti,  Ernest Bloch,  David Diamond,  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Mirian Conti
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  • 122.
    American Light Classics / Ronald Corp, New London Orchestra
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67067 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Rose,  Don Gillis,  Ethelbert Nevin,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Conductor:  Ronald Corp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Main Street Usa / New Century Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Channel Crossings   Catalog: 9896 Release Date: 08/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Michael Stephenson,  Stephen Pollack,  Brad Hubbard,  James Boatman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Century Saxophone Quartet
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  • 124.
    Summer Classics - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63186 Release Date: 06/16/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Thomas Moore,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Alfred Krips,  Kong Xiang-Dong,  Gerhard Oppitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Roberto Abbado,  Arthur Fiedler,  Claus Peter Flor  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Pops  ... 
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  • 125.
    American Masterpieces - Barber, Bernstein, Gershwin, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 63034 Release Date: 07/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Virgil Thomson,  Richard Rodgers,  Arthur Benjamin,  Hershy Kay  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Lane,  Eugene Ormandy,  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Pops Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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