Morton Gould


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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  • 51.
    A Retrospective
    Label: Aliud   Catalog: 412 Release Date: 06/04/2010   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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    Dallas Wind Symphony Sampler
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 909 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herbert Owen Reed,  Gustav Holst,  Karl Goldmark,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Dunn,  Frederick Fennell,  Jerry Junkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Wind Symphony
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  • 61.
    American Classics - American Ballets - Antheil, Schuman, Gould / Levine
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95228 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Antheil,  William Schuman,  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  Joseph Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ballet Theatre Orchestra
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  • 62.
    American Mood
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 524 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Billy Strayhorn,  Vangelis,  Gray,  John Philip Sousa  ... 
    Performer:  Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass
    Conductor:  Tim Zimmerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Brass
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  • 63.
    A Tribute To Stanley Black
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473940 Release Date: 04/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jerry Bock,  Richard Rodgers,  Leonard Bernstein,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Ethel Merman,  Stanley Black,  Caterina Valente,  Dickie Valentine
    Conductor:  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 64.
    Abraham Lincoln Portraits / Slatkin, Nashville Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559373-74 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Paul Turok,  George McKay,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Performer:  Barry Scott,  Anthony LaMarchina,  Roger Wiesmeyer,  Mary Kathryn Van Osdale  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Nashville Symphony Chorus
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  • 65.
    Let Freedom Ring / United States Army Field Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT60752 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Samuel Augustus Ward,  Henry Carey,  William Steffe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Field Band
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  • 66.
    Harris: Symphony No 11; Moore: Symphony No 2; Gould: Cowboy Rhapsody
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1042 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Douglas Moore,  Cecil Effinger,  Roy Harris,  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  Ian Hobson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 67.
    International Salute / Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5132 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Wellbaum
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  May Festival Chorus
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  • 68.
    From Sea To Shining Sea
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT70362 Release Date: 03/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Egner,  Morton Gould,  Paul Murtha,  Bill Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Smither,  Dana Rodgers,  James Burchfiel,  Timothy Morrison  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Military Academy Band,  United States Army Field Band,  United States Army Band
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  • 69.
    Moon, Wind And Stars / Morton Gould And His Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68479 Release Date: 01/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fela Sowande,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Fritz Kreisler,  Gustave Goublier  ... 
    Conductor:  Morton Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Ceremonial Music / United States Air Force Heritage Of America Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT06124 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Morton Gould,  James Sanderson,  Philip Phile  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Heritage of America Band
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  • 71.
    Wind Band Masterworks Vol 4 / Texas A&M Symphonic Band
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 7264 Release Date: 12/15/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Richard Strauss,  Leonard Bernstein,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Rhea
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas A&M University Symphonic Band
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  • 72.
    Bolero / Felix Slatkin, Hollywood Bowl SO
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63738 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Waldteufel,  Jules Massenet,  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Liberty For All! / United States Coast Guard Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT70882 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Beckel, James A., Jr.,  Roger Nixon,  Vincent Persichetti  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Taylor
    Conductor:  Lewis J. Buckley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Coast Guard Band
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  • 74.
    Copland: Billy The Kid;  Gould, Bernstein / Joseph Levine
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66549 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Morton Gould,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Joseph Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ballet Theatre Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Gould: Apple Waltzes, Burchfield Gallery / American So
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5019 Release Date: 08/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  Morton Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
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