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Morton Gould

Morton Gould (composer, born December 10, 1913, Richmond Hills, New york; died February 21, 1996) Morton Gould was a prolific and versatile composer whose works throughout this century reflected the moods and outlook of this country in all its rough-and-tumble optimism. Like Gershwin, Copland, and Ives, Gould turned to the indigenous musical styles of the peoples of this country for inspiration--jazz, folk, hymns, spirituals, gospel, and Latin American music--and produces full-blown orchestral works that are immediately accessible and unmistakably American. Gould wrote in a wide range of genres, but he was best known for his orchestral works, which include scores for radio (American Symphonette, 1938), Broadway musicals (Million Dollar Baby, 1945), ballets (Fall River Legend, 1947), film (Windjammer, 1958), and television (Holocaust, 1978). As conductor, he led orchestras around the world and made first recordings of works by Shostakovich, Ives, and Copland. He was the oldest of four boys of a nonmusical family.