Gould, Morton


Autograph album page signed by the composer, pianist, conductor, and arranger


Type: Autograph album page

Description: (1913-1996) American composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist.

A child prodigy, publ. 1st composition at 6. During the Depression, teenager Gould played piano in New York City movie and vaudeville theaters. When Radio City Music Hall opened, he was staff pianist. By 1935, he was conducting and arranging orchestral programs for New York’s WOR radio station, a national audience via the Mutual Broadcasting System, combining popular and classical music. In the 40s, Gould appeared on the Cresta Blanca Carnival program and on CBS’ The Chrysler Hour with an audience of millions. In 1940, he wrote his “Latin American Symphonette” and in 1942, music for the short film “Ring of Steel” produced by the Film Unit of the US Office of Emergency Management. He composed Broadway scores (“Billion Dollar Baby” and “Arms and the Girl”); film music (“Delightfully Dangerous”, “Cinerama Holiday”, and “Windjammer”); music for TV series’ “World War One” and “Holocaust”; and ballet scores including “Interplay”, “Fall River Legend” (1947), and “I’m Old Fashioned.”

Gould’s music, commissioned by orchestras all over the US, was also commissioned by the Library of Congress, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Ballet. He received 3 commissions for the United States Bicentennial. Gould conducted all major US orchestras and those of Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia. With his orchestra, he recorded many classical standards and won a 1966 Grammy Award for his recording of Charles Ives’ “First Symphony” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1986 he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He was ASCAP president 1986-94. In 1994, Gould received Kennedy Center Honors and in 1995 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for “Stringmusic”, a composition commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra in recognition of the final season of director Mstislav Rostropovich. In 2005, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was 1st resident guest composer/conductor at the Disney Institute in Orlando, where he died.

Signed 3 ½ x 5 yellow autograph album leaf, identified and dated January 23 1987 in another hand at right side.

Condition: Very good

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