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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  • 151.
    Benny Goodman Collector's Edition
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42227 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Morton Gould,  Igor Stravinsky,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Szigeti,  Benny Goodman,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Morton Gould,  Igor Stravinsky,  Aaron Copland,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Band,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 152.
    Jerome Robbins' Broadway / Original Broadway Cast
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60150 Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Various,  Leonard Bernstein,  Morton Gould,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  Debbie Shapiro,  Robert La Fosse,  Scott Wise,  Michael Kubala  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 153.
    Morton Gould's America / Sedares, Falletta, New Zealand SO
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7380 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  James Sedares,  JoAnn Falletta,  John Daly Goodwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  New York Choral Society Orchestra,  New York Choral Society  ... 
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  • 154.
    Thompson: Symphony No 1;  Gould: Fall River Legend / Sedares
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7181 Release Date: 04/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Randall Thompson,  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  James Sedares
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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  • 155.
    Twenty Fanfares for the Common Man / Mester, London PO
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7012 Release Date: 08/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roy Harris,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Paul Creston,  Walter Piston  ... 
    Conductor:  Jorge Mester
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Morton Gould


MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. Star-Spangled Overture
II. Amber Waves
III. Jubilo
IV. Memorials
V. Saratoga Quickstep
VI. Hymnal
I. Moderately fast, with vigor and bounce
II. Pavane
III. Fast and Racy
I. Slow and nostalgic
II. Brisk, with drive
III. Very slow and hesitant
IV. Brisk
V. Slowly
VI. Calypso Serenade: Moderately moving
VII. Lazily moving
VIII. Jaunty
I. Warm Up
II. Contrapuntal Blues
III. Rag
IV. Ride Out
Prologue
Waltzes
Elegy
Interlude
Dirge
Lullaby
Serenade
Axe
Invitation to Church Social
Church Social
Hymnal Variations
Cotillion
Cotillion Coda
Death Dance
Mob Scene
Epilogue
Latin-American Symphonies (1990 Digital Remaster): Rhumba
Latin-American Symphonies (1990 Digital Remaster): Tango
Latin-American Symphonies (1990 Digital Remaster): Guaracha
Latin-American Symphonies (1990 Digital Remaster): Conga
1. Proclamation
2. Sermon
3. A Little Bit of Sin
4. Protest
5. Jubilee
I. Camptown Races
II. Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming
III. Canebreak Jig
IV. Swanee River
V. Camptown Variation
VI. Old Black Joe and My Old Kentucky Home
VII. Village Festival - Quadrilles And Waltzes
VIII. Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair
IX. Camptown Variation
X. Hymns: Where is Thy Spirit Mary and The Angels are Singing unto Me
XI. Variation on Comrades, Fill No Glass for Me and Kitty Bell
XII. Camptown Variation
XIII. Oh, Susanna (Finale)
I. Epitaphs
II. Marches
WORKS
I. Star-Spangled Overture
II. Amber Waves
III. Jubilo
IV. Memorials
V. Saratoga Quickstep
VI. Hymnal
I. Moderately fast, with vigor and bounce
II. Pavane
III. Fast and Racy
I. Slow and nostalgic
II. Brisk, with drive
III. Very slow and hesitant
IV. Brisk
V. Slowly
VI. Calypso Serenade: Moderately moving
VII. Lazily moving
VIII. Jaunty
I. Fast - Vigorous
II. Chant
III. Fast - With Gusto
I. Warm Up
II. Contrapuntal Blues
III. Rag
IV. Ride Out
Prologue
Waltzes
Elegy
Interlude
Dirge
Lullaby
Serenade
Axe
Invitation to Church Social
Church Social
Hymnal Variations
Cotillion
Cotillion Coda
Death Dance
Mob Scene
Epilogue
1. Prologue and Waltzes
2. Elegy
3. Church Social
4. Hymnal Variations
5. Cotillion
6. Epilogue
I. Outing in the Park
II. Porch Swing on a Summer Evening
III. Nickelodeon
IV. Old Romance
V. Horseless Carriage Galop
Theme
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9
Variation 10
Variation 11
Variation 12
Variation 13
Latin-American Symphonies (1990 Digital Remaster): Rhumba
Latin-American Symphonies (1990 Digital Remaster): Tango
Latin-American Symphonies (1990 Digital Remaster): Guaracha
Latin-American Symphonies (1990 Digital Remaster): Conga
I. The Great Wall
II. Fable
III. China Blue
IV. Puppets
V. Slow Dance-Lotus
VI. China Chips
I. Tune Up
II. Theme
III. Scene
IV. March
V. Serenade
VI. Ballad
VII. Toccata
1. Proclamation
2. Sermon
3. A Little Bit of Sin
4. Protest
5. Jubilee
No. 1. Gospel Train - Old Time Religion: Briskly
No. 2. Were You There? - Steal Away: Slowly
No. 3. All God's Children Got Wings: Fast
No. 4. Little David Play on Your Harp: Freely, out of tempo, rhapsodic
No. 5. Calvary - He Never Said a Mumblin' Word: Slowly, moving, funereal
No. 6. Ezekiel Saw de Wheel: Brisk and spirited
I. Camptown Races
II. Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming
III. Canebreak Jig
IV. Swanee River
V. Camptown Variation
VI. Old Black Joe and My Old Kentucky Home
VII. Village Festival - Quadrilles And Waltzes
VIII. Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair
IX. Camptown Variation
X. Hymns: Where is Thy Spirit Mary and The Angels are Singing unto Me
XI. Variation on Comrades, Fill No Glass for Me and Kitty Bell
XII. Camptown Variation
XIII. Oh, Susanna (Finale)
I. Prelude
II. Tango
III. Dirge
IV. Ballad
V. Strum
I. March On
II. Rally
III. Twirling Blues
IV. Strut
V. Slink
VI. Waltzing Alumni
VII. Alma Mater
VIII. March Off
I. Variations: Brisk march tempo
II. Bivouac: Slowly
III. Quickstep: Fast-driving tempo
IV. Memorial: Slow
I. Moderately fast - rhapsodic and intense
II. Moderately slow and relaxed
III. Moderately fast with sardonic humor
IV. Declamatory - moving tempo
I. Epitaphs
II. Marches
I. Toccata
II. Pantomine
III. Minuet
IV. Rondo