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
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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    Marches In Hi-fi / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Jvc Xrcd   Catalog: 24020 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Meredith Willson,  George Gershwin,  Morton Gould,  Daniel Emmett  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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,  Richard Rodgers,  Warren  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Farnon,  Queen's Hall Light Orchestra,  Sidney Torch,  Andre & His Orchestra Kostelanetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Farnon,  Sidney Torch,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Ray Martin  ... 
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    International Salute / Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5132 Release Date: 08/27/2003   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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    Gould & Harris / David A. Miller, Albany Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 515 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roy Harris,  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  David Alan Miller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albany Symphony Orchestra
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