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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  • 76.
    Milken Archive - Deluxe 50 CD Boxed Set
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Joseph Rumshinsky,  David Schiff,  Raymond Goldstein,  Hugo Chaim Adler  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Bloch,  Nell Snaidas,  Simon Spiro,  Zhou Jin  ... 
    Conductor:  Elli Jaffe,  Neil Levin,  Timothy Koch,  Rodney Winther  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Coro Hebraeico,  Carolina Chamber Chorale  ... 
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  • 77.
    Gould: Housewarming, Etc /Smith, Louisville Orchestra, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 13/14 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Leon Rapier,  Robert Glazer
    Conductor:  Lawrence Leighton Smith,  Jorge Mester,  Morton Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisville Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Duty, Honor, Country / Us Army Field Band & Soldiers' Chorus
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 225584 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Egner,  Brown, Dane, Jr.,  Morton Gould,  Walter Kittredge  ... 
    Performer:  H. Norman Schwarzkopf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Field Band,  United States Army Soldiers' Chorus
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  • 79.
    American Piano Music / Michel Legrand
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 49576 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  John Cage,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Legrand
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  • 80.
    American Classics - Gould: Fall River Legend, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559242 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Performer:  James F. Neal
    Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Tango In Blue - Stravinsky, Etc / Serebrier, Farley, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1175 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Serebrier,  Samuel Barber,  Astor Piazzolla,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Carole Farley,  Molly Judson,  Enrique Telleria,  Damian Martinez
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Jungle Drums / Morton Gould & His Orchestra
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68173 Release Date: 05/17/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona,  Ray Noble,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Laura Newell
    Conductor:  Morton Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
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  • 83.
    We The People / United States Military Bands
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 220103 Release Date: 04/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Morton Gould,  William Steffe,  Terry F. Vosbein  ... 
    Performer:  Daisy Jackson,  Robert [Bass-Baritone Vocal] McDonald
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps,  United States Military Academy Band,  United States Air Force Band  ... 
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  • 84.
    Classical Cuisine - American Barbeque
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92988 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Morton Gould,  Samuel Barber,  William Schuman  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Aaron Copland,  Eugene Ormandy,  Thomas Schippers,  Andre Kostelanetz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 85.
    Liberty for All - A Musical Journey Vol 1 / US Marine Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 225578 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Arthur Phillips,  John Philip Sousa,  William Francis Mcbeth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
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  • 86.
    Howard Hanson Conducts American Masterworks
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 4756274 Release Date: 09/01/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Douglas Moore,  John Alden Carpenter,  Burrill Phillips,  Bernard Rogers  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Mariano,  James Austin,  Francis Tursi,  Sidney Mear  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Hanson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - An Introduction
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5101 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Farnon,  Sidney Torch,  Warren,  Donald Phillips  ... 
    Performer:  Queen's Hall Light Orchestra,  Robert Farnon,  Sidney Torch,  Ray & His Orchestra Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Farnon,  Sidney Torch,  Ray Martin,  Charles Williams  ... 
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  • 88.
    America's Greatest Hits
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000233702 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  John Philip Sousa,  Edwin Eugene Bagley,  Arthur Phillips  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Luxon,  David Willison
    Conductor:  Eric Rogers,  Frederick Fennell,  Rodney Bashford,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Rogers Chorale,  Eric Rogers Orchestra,  Eastman Wind Ensemble  ... 
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  • 89.
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2663 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Morton Gould,  Elizabeth Vercoe,  Jeffrey Chappell  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Chappell,  Chester Brezniak,  Robert Stallman
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  • 90.
    Milken Archive - Diamond: Ahava, Music For Prayer
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559412 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Diamond,  Morton Gould,  Roy Harris,  Douglas Moore
    Performer:  Theodore Bikel,  Margery Dodds,  Richard Troxell,  Karl Dent  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Timothy Koch,  Kenneth Davis,  Joseph Cullen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Carolina Chamber Chorale,  Texas Tech University Choir  ... 
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  • 91.
    The Begian Years Vol 16 / University Of Illinois Symphonic Band
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 4886 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Savino,  Jerry Bilik,  George Gershwin,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Performer:  David Hickman
    Conductor:  Harry Begian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Illinois Symphonic Band
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  • 92.
    The Begian Years Vol 17 / University Of Illinois Symphonic Band
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 4887 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andreas Makris,  Paul Hindemith,  Johannes Brahms,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Begian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Illinois Symphonic Band
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  • 93.
    Gould: Symphony No 2; Harbison: Cello Concerto; Stucky, Gould / Albany Symphony
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 605 Release Date: 12/19/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Harbison,  Gabriel Ian Gould,  Steven Edward Stucky,  Morton Gould
    Performer:  David Finckel,  Robert Sheena
    Conductor:  David Alan Miller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Piano Nocturnes - Chopin, Field, Et Al / Jungram Kim Khwarg
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1137 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ignacy Krzyzanowski,  Kazimierz Henisz,  Walter Niemann,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Performer:  Jungram Kim Khwarg
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  • 95.
    Original Masters - The Singles
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000141802 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Traditional,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Kim Borg,  Erik Werba,  Andor Foldes  ... 
    Conductor:  Serge Jaroff,  Helmut Zacharias,  Paul Strauss,  Ferenc Fricsay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Don Kossack Choir,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Végh String Quartet  ... 
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  • 96.
    Americana - 20th Century Works For Orchestra
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8155 Release Date: 08/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Elie Siegmeister,  Morton Gould,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel,  Lukas Foss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra,  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Winds Of A Higher Order
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 4722 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Johannes Brahms,  Luigi Zaninelli,  David Gillingham  ... 
    Conductor:  James Keene
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Illinois State University Wind Symphony
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  • 98.
    Americana - Siegmeister, Ives, Copland, Gould, Sousa
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5182 Release Date: 12/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Morton Gould,  Aaron Copland,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Performer:  Dennis D. Rooney
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel,  Donald Johanos,  Lukas Foss,  Maurice Abravanel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 99.
    Christmas Adagios - Holiday Classics To Touch Your Heart
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63972 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Michael Praetorius,  Arcangelo Corelli,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Krips,  James Galway,  John De Lancie,  Emily Mitchell  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Robert Salter,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  James Galway  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Canadian Brass,  Guildhall String Ensemble  ... 
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    Paul Freeman Introduces... Vol 9 - Exotic Concertos
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 521 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ricardo Lorenz,  Gustavo Leone,  Morton Gould,  Jan Bach
    Performer:  Ed Harrison,  Jana Bousková,  Lane Alexander,  Liam Teague
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony 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