Gould, Morton

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1913-12-10
Death 1996-02-21
Americans

Biographical notes:

Composed 1934. First performance Jan. 2, 1936, Philadelphia, at a concert for Youth, by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Chorale and fugue in jazz / by Morton Gould. [19--?]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 51998771

American composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist (b. Dec. 10, 1913 in New York; d. Feb. 21,1996 in Orlando, Florida).

From the description of Morton Gould papers, 1920-1996 (bulk 1937-1995). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 692083762

Composer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Morton Gould : oral history, 1982. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122513513

From the description of Reminiscences of Morton Gould : oral history, 1975. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309742537

Composer, conductor, pianist.

From the description of Interview conducted by Ben Grauer, 1963 [sound recording]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155861655

Biographical Note

  • 1913, Dec. 10: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1919: Studies piano with Ferdinand Greenwald
  • 1920: First published composition, Just Six, for piano
  • 1922: First radio broadcast from Bamberger’s department store in Newark, NJ
  • 1923: Studies theory, harmony, and composition with Vincent Jones at the Institute of Musical Art (later The Juilliard School)
  • 1928: Meets piano teacher Abby Whiteside
  • 1929: Composes A Manhattan Rhapsody
  • 1933: Chorale and Fugue in Jazz commissioned for Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • 1933: Begins working at NBC
  • 1935 - 1943 : Conducts, composes, and arranges for the radio program Music for Today on WOR, New York
  • 1936: Joins ASCAP
  • 1936: Marries Shirly Uzin
  • 1938, June 16: Premiere of Concerto for Piano on WOR
  • 1939: Composes Foster Gallery at the suggestion of Fritz Reiner
  • 1941: Conducts Spirituals at a New York festival
  • 1941: Signs contract with Columbia Records
  • 1942: Composes Fanfare for Freedom for Eugene Goossens
  • 1942 Nov.: Premieres American Salute on the Cresta Blanca Carnival radio show
  • 1943: Appointed director of the Chrysler Hour on CBS
  • 1943: Composes Symphony no. 1 for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Fritz Reiner
  • 1943: Divorces Shirley Uzin
  • 1944: Marries Shirley Bank
  • 1945: Appears with his orchestra in the film Delightfully Dangerous with Jane Powell
  • 1945: Writes musical Billion Dollar Baby with Betty Comden and Adolph Green
  • 1945: Collaborates with Jerome Robbins on Interplay
  • 1945, Feb. 16: Son Eric born
  • 1946: Signs contract with publisher Chappell and Co. Inc.
  • 1947: Collaborates with Agnes de Mille on Fall River Legend
  • 1947, Mar. 2: Son David born
  • 1950: Writes Arms and the Girl a musical with a book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and choreography by Michael Kidd
  • 1950, Feb. 3: Daughter Abby born
  • 1952: Composes Tap Dance Concerto for tap dancer and orchestra
  • 1952: Moves with wife and family to Great Neck, N.Y.
  • 1954: Signs recording contract with RCA Records
  • 1954, Dec. 23: Daughter Deborah born
  • 1955: Composes Derivations for Benny Goodman and his jazz combo
  • 1956: Declaration commissioned by WRC in Washington, D.C. for president Dwight D. Eisenhower’s second inauguration
  • 1959: Joins board of ASCAP
  • 1964 - 1965 : Composes score for television documentary, World War I
  • 1975: Signs contract with publisher G. Schirmer
  • 1975: Composes Symphony of Spirituals
  • 1976: Composes American Ballads
  • 1983: Collaborates with Jerome Robbins on Astaire Variations
  • 1984: American Sing commissioned for the summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles
  • 1986: Elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
  • 1986 - 1994 : Serves as president of ASCAP
  • 1992: Composes The Jogger and the Dinosaur for the Pittsburgh Youth Orchestra
  • 1993: Composes Ghost Waltzes for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
  • 1994: Receives Kennedy Center Honor
  • 1995: Wins Pulitzer Prize for Stringmusic
  • 1996, Feb. 21: Dies, Orlando, Fla.

From the guide to the Morton Gould Papers, 1920-1996, (bulk 1937-1995), (Music Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Jazz
  • Septets (Piano, bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe, violin)--Scores
  • Monologues with music (Orchestra)
  • Concertos (Violin and piano with wind ensemble)--Scores
  • Canons, fugues, etc. (Orchestra)--Scores and parts
  • Chorale preludes (Orchestra)--Scores and parts
  • Radio music
  • Vaudeville
  • Television music--Scores
  • Piano with string orchestra--Scores
  • Musicals--Scores and parts
  • Musicals--Scores
  • Composers
  • Ballets--Excerpts--Scores
  • Composers--Interviews
  • Suites (Piano with string orchestra)--Scores
  • Motion picture music--Scores
  • Musical meter and rhythm
  • Monologues with music (Orchestra)--Scores
  • Musical sketches
  • Variations (Pianos (2) with orchestra)--Scores
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Radio programs
  • Orchestral music--Scores
  • Variations (Pianos (2) with orchestra)
  • Music--Manuscripts--United States
  • Spirituals (Songs)--Instrumental settings--Scores
  • Radio and music
  • Piano with orchestra--Scores
  • Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
  • Composers--United States
  • Radio audiences
  • Composition (Music)

Occupations:

  • Composers
  • Arrangers

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)