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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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  • 126.
    Rodgers: Slaughter On Tenth Avenue / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68550 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Ginastera,  Manuel de Falla,  Leonard Bernstein,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Litwin
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 127.
    American Saxophone - Gould, Ward, Peck / James Houlik
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7390 Release Date: 12/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Russell Peck,  Robert Ward,  Morton Gould
    Performer:  James Houlik
    Conductor:  Paul Anthony McRae,  Gerhardt Zimmermann,  Peter Perret
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  North Carolina Symphony Orchestra,  Winston Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony Orchestra
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  • 128.
    Morton Gould - A Tribute / Klein, London Philharmonic
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 202 Release Date: 08/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  Kenneth Klein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 129.
    American Works For Two Pianos And Orchestra / Pierce, Jonas
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7002 Release Date: 07/31/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Walter Piston,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Dorothy Jonas,  Joshua Pierce
    Conductor:  David Amos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 130.
    James Campbell - After Hours / Gene Dinovi Trio
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81153 Release Date: 06/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Morton Gould,  Phil Nimmons  ... 
    Performer:  James Campbell,  Stéphane Lemelin,  Dave Young,  Gene DiNovi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gene DiNovi Trio
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  • 131.
    Flagello, Giannini, Gould / David Amos, New Russia Orchestra
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 143 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Flagello,  Morton Gould,  Vittorio Giannini
    Conductor:  David Amos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Russia Orchestra
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  • 132.
    Tributes / Eugene Corporon, North Texas Wind Symphony
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11070 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dan Edward Welcher,  Cindy McTee,  Gustav Holst,  Roger Cichy  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Texas University Wind Ensemble
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  • 133.
    American Variations / Corporon, Cincinnati College
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11060 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Simon,  Walter B. Rogers,  David Wallace Reeves,  Herman Bellstedt  ... 
    Performer:  Brian Bowman
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Symphony
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  • 134.
    The American Clarinet / Combs, Chicago Chamber Musicians
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 172 Release Date: 03/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Bradley Opland,  Larry Combs,  Deborah Sobol
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Chamber Musicians
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  • 135.
    Beachcomber - Encores For Band / Frederick Fennell, Et Al
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 62 Release Date: 01/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Augustus Ward,  Bin Kaneda,  Naohiri Iwai,  Jack End  ... 
    Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Wind Symphony
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  • 136.
    The Begian Years Vol 7 / University Of Illinois Symphonic Band
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 1648 Release Date: 01/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Franz von Suppé,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Begian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Illinois Symphonic Band
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  • 137.
    100 Fiedler Favorites
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62698 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Stevie Wonder,  George Cory,  Jerry Herman  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Litwin,  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo,  Toni Noichl  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 138.
    Marches - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3612 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Henry Fillmore  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Military Band,  Houston Symphony Orchestra,  Denver Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 139.
    Gould: Fall River Legend / Rosenstock, National Po
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 35 Release Date: 03/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Brock Peters
    Conductor:  Milton Rosenstock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 140.
    John Bruce Yeh - Ebony Concerto - Stravinsky, Bernstein
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 55 Release Date: 12/17/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Artie Shaw,  Leonard Bernstein,  Morton Gould,  Victor Babin  ... 
    Performer:  John Bruce Yeh
    Conductor:  Robert Lark,  Donald DeRoche
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  DePaul University Jazz Ensemble,  DePaul University Wind Ensemble
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  • 141.
    Israeli Melodies / Heatherington, Chicago String Ensemble
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2140 Release Date: 09/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Morton Gould,  Odön Partos,  Julius Chajes
    Performer:  David Schrader,  Julie Zumsteg,  Lyon Leifer,  Irving Ilmer
    Conductor:  Alan Heatherington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago String Ensemble
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  • 142.
    This Is My Country / Price, Horne, Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61545 Release Date: 07/13/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  W.C. Handy,  John Philip Sousa,  Irving Berlin,  John Stafford Smith  ... 
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  Leontyne Price
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  James Conlon,  Leonard Slatkin,  Robert Shaw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Collegiate Chorale,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 143.
    Ives, Reicha, Mctee, Et Al / Cincinnati Wind Symphony
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11042 Release Date: 05/17/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Reicha,  Cindy McTee,  Charles Ives,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Symphony
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  • 144.
    Copland, Gould - Composers Conduct
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 61505 Release Date: 05/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  Morton Gould,  Aaron Copland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 145.
    Kay: Stars And Stripes, Etc / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 61501 Release Date: 05/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Morton Gould,  Hershy Kay,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Leo Litwin
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 146.
    Marches In Hi-fi / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 61249 Release Date: 05/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Miklós Rózsa,  Jean Sibelius,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 147.
    Classics - American Piano Classics / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80112 Release Date: 01/26/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Leroy Anderson,  George Gershwin,  Euday L. Bowman  ... 
    Performer:  William Tritt,  Stewart Goodyear
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 148.
    Fiesta! / Howard Dunn, Dallas Wind Symphony
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 38 Release Date: 09/24/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Perkins,  Clifton Williams,  Roger Nixon,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Dunn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Wind Symphony
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  • 149.
    Gould: West Point Symphony;  Hovhaness, Giannini / Fennell
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434320 Release Date: 08/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness,  Vittorio Giannini,  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  A. Clyde Roller,  Frederick Fennell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
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  • 150.
    Stars & Stripes Forever And The Greatest Marches
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60838 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  John Philip Sousa,  Edwin Eugene Bagley,  Johannes Hanssen  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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