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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  • 26.
    Dance Theatre Of Harlem
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100175 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Bob Downes,  Judith Hamilton,  Milton Rosenstock
    Performer:  Leon Bibb
    Conductor:  Markus Lehtinen,  David Lamarche,  Milton Rosenstock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish Radio Concert Orchestra
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  • 27.
    The Lost Transcriptions - Vol. 2 / Percy Faith, Mantovani, Sidney Torch
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5181 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Cole Porter,  Louis Silvers,  Ray Noble  ... 
    Performer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Vincent Abato
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Sidney Torch
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  • 28.
    Made In America / Army Ground Forces Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 707902 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Fillmore,  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Conductor:  Dwayne Milburn,  Leonel A. Pena
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Ground Forces Band
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  • 29.
    Mystic Chords Of Memory / United States Navy Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 70162 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerry Brubaker,  Robert Jäger,  Morton Gould,  César Franck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Navy Band
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  • 30.
    American Originals / Graham, USAF Heritage Of America Band
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11188 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Norman Dello Joio,  Morton Gould,  Peter Mennin,  Vincent Persichetti  ... 
    Conductor:  Lowell Graham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USAF Heritage of America Band
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  • 31.
    I Am An American / United States Air Force Concert Band & Singing Sergeants
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 70412 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Floyd Werlé,  Dudley Buck,  Carmen Dragon,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Hawkins Wiley,  Anne Seaton
    Conductor:  Lowell E. Graham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Singing Sergeants,  United States Air Force Concert Band
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  • 32.
    50 American Patriotic Military Songs / The U. S. Military Bands
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 63462 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Irving Berlin,  George M. Cohan,  Edwin Eugene Bagley  ... 
    Conductor:  Travis James Humphrey
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  • 33.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - The Composer Conducts Vol 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5177 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ron Goodwin,  Gérard Calvi,  Angela Morley,  Cedric Dumont  ... 
    Performer:  His Concert Orchestra,  Ron Goodwin,  Gérard Calvi,  Telecast Orchestra  ... 
    Conductor:  Ron Goodwin,  Gérard Calvi,  Angela Morley,  Cedric Dumont  ... 
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  • 34.
    Celebrate America - Songs For The 4th Of July
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001575202 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Traditional,  Jay Ungar,  Woody Guthrie  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Rodgers,  Frederick Fennell,  Jerold D. Ottley,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fife & Drum of the Eastman Wind Ensemble,  Duel,  Eastman Wind Ensemble  ... 
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  • 35.
    American Classics - Bernstein, Copland, Et Al / Kam, Bühl
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 884822 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Artie Shaw,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Kam
    Conductor:  Gregor Bühl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Gould: Derivations / Scott Weiss, U Of Kansas Wind Ensemble
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572629 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Stephanie Zelnick
    Conductor:  Scott Weiss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Kansas Wind Ensemble
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  • 37.
    God Bless America [sonoma]
    Label: Sonoma   Catalog: 260 Release Date: 04/04/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Anonymous,  William Steffe,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Lee Greenwood
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  • 38.
    Sousa: Marches, Polkas & Americana
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1108 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Julius Fucik,  Morton Gould,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 39.
    War & Remembrance / United States Air Force Band Of The Golden West
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT71052 Release Date: 01/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Franz von Suppé,  Charles Lloyd Barnhouse,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Edward James Olmos
    Conductor:  Michael R. Mench
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band of the Golden West
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  • 40.
    Sacred Seasons - A Christmas Album / Davis, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Carl Davis Collect   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Davis,  Morton Gould,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Timothy West,  Mark David,  Audrey Park
    Conductor:  Carl Davis,  David Matthews,  Neeme Järvi,  Stefan Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; An American In Paris; Gould: Latin-american Symphonette
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06691 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
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  • 42.
    Retrospective: Freddy Arteel And Friends
    Label: Aliud   Catalog: 41 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Stamitz,  Johannes Brahms,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Louis Marischal  ... 
    Performer:  Freddy Arteel,  Donald Oehler,  Dana Protopopescu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrasts Ensemble,  Haydn Quartet,  BRT Big Band  ... 
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  • 43.
    Spelunk - Premieres For Clarinet / Hurd, McMillen, Gonzalez-Palmer, Macomber
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1314 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Shulman,  Evan Hause,  Morton Gould,  William Bolcom  ... 
    Performer:  Maureen Hurd,  Blair McMillen,  Maureen Hurd
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  • 44.
    Call To Freedom: The Music Of A Great Nation
    Label: Spirit Of America   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 02/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert M. Crawford,  John Philip Sousa,  Samuel Augustus Ward,  Michael J. Hale  ... 
    Conductor:  Ray Cramer
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  • 45.
    Gould: American Symphonette No. 2, Interplay, Concerto For Orchestra / Miller, Albany Symphony
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1174 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  David Alan Miller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music - The 1930s Revisited
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5163 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hal Mooney,  Eduard Künneke,  Carl Robrecht,  Ivor Novello  ... 
    Performer:  Louis Mordish
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Eduard Künneke,  Charles Prentice,  Charles Shadwell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  J. H. Squire Celeste Octet
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  • 47.
    A Festival Of Ballet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67063 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Holst,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Susan Bickley,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  André Previn,  Paavo Järvi,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Concerto For Marienthal
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11178 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Michael Kamen,  Johan Halvorsen,  Clark McAlister  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Marienthal
    Conductor:  Thomas G. Leslie,  Takayoshi Suzuki
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  • 49.
    America - The Dream Goes On / Williams, Boston Pops
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412627 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Traditional,  Morton Gould,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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  • 50.
    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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