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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  • 1.
    The Golden Era of Living Stereo: Remastered Collector's Edition
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 532174 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Pietro Nardini,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Sankey,  Ania Dorfmann,  Leonid Kogan,  Andrei Mitnik  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Mitchell,  Arthur Fiedler,  Arturo Basile,  Robert Shaw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Quartet,  Portland Symphonic Choir,  Choir Of The Abbey Of Mount Angel  ... 
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    Morton Gould: The Complete Chicago Symphony Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 512070 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Aaron Copland,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Benny Goodman
    Conductor:  Morton Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    I Don't Like Classical Music, But I Really Like This!
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 74698 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Carl Orff,  Richard Wagner,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Woodhouse,  Paul Meyer,  Kolja Blacher,  Eric Le Sage  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Eduardo Mata,  Gustav Kuhn,  Mark Stephenson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    Rca Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris, The Man I Love / Tilson Thomas, Kostelantz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64349 Release Date: 06/02/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Gershwin,  Harold Jones,  Sarah Vaughan,  George Gaffney  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Morton Gould,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Band,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    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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    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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    Gould: Fall River Legend, Interplay, Etc. / Morton Gould
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61651 Release Date: 08/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Conductor:  Morton Gould,  Howard Mitchell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
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  • 10.
    Musical Christmas Tree - Morton Gould
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7931 Release Date: 07/19/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  Katherine K. Davis,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Conductor:  Morton Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Morton Gould Orchestra,  American Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Age Of Living Stereo - A Tribute To John Pfeiffer
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68524 Release Date: 07/19/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Léo Delibes,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Strauss,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Martial Singher,  David Poleri,  Artur Rubinstein,  Carl Poole  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Leopold Stokowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra members,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Harvard Glee Club  ... 
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    Weber, Nielsen: Clarinet Concertos / Goodman, Gould, Chicago
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5890 Release Date: 06/15/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Benny Goodman
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon,  Morton Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Chicago Symphony Orchestra- The Centennial Collection
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60206 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  César Franck,  Richard Wagner,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Leontyne Price,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Jascha Heifetz
    Conductor:  Frederick Stock,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Desiré DeFauw,  Artur Rodzinski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    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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  • 15.
    Copland, Grofe / Morton Gould
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 67904 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferde Grofé,  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  Morton Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
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    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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  • 17.
    Classical Music 101 - 101 Famous Classical Themes
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63691 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Igor Stravinsky,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  José Luis Garcia,  Placido Domingo,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Barry Douglas  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Reiner,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    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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    Ravel: Bolero / Fiedler, Koussevitsky, Munch, Tomita, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63670 Release Date: 06/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Mario Braggiotti,  Jacques Fray,  Evelyn Glennie,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Conductor:  Eduardo Mata,  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Barry Wordsworth,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Nathaniel Shilkret Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra London  ... 
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    Historic Gershwin Recordings
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63276 Release Date: 10/13/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Morton Gould,  Lawrence Tibbett,  Helen Jepson
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Morton Gould,  Alexander Smallens,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Morton Gould Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Summer Classics - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63186 Release Date: 06/16/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Thomas Moore,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Alfred Krips,  Kong Xiang-Dong,  Gerhard Oppitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Roberto Abbado,  Arthur Fiedler,  Claus Peter Flor  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Pops  ... 
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  • 22.
    Lecuona Sinfonica / Morton Gould and His Orchestra
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68922 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona
    Conductor:  Morton Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Classics For Kids
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61489 Release Date: 06/08/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raymond Scott,  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Al Hirt,  Leo Litwin,  Martin Hoherman,  Samuel Lipman  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Eduardo Mata,  Morton Gould,  Georges Prętre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Morton Gould Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Copland, Gould - Composers Conduct
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 61505 Release Date: 05/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  Morton Gould,  Aaron Copland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 25.
    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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