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Gould, Morton

Gould, Morton

Born in 1913


Inducted in 2003

Pianist, composer, conductor, arranger Morton Gould was born in Richmond Hill, New York, and had his first composition published at age six. During the early Depression Gould played piano in movie and vaudeville theaters. When Radio City Music Hall opened, Gould was hired as the staff pianist. By 1935 he was conducting and arranging orchestra programs for WOR Mutual Radio. Composing Broadway scores——Billion Dollar Baby, Arms and the Girl——and film music——Delightfully Dangerous, Cinerama Holiday, and Windjammer——opened the door for his entry into television scores and ballet scores like Interplay, Fall River Legend, and I’m Old Fashioned. Gould’s compositions, often commissioned by symphony orchestras all over America, revealed a gift for seamless combinations of multiple musical styles into formal classical structure. He wrote three works for the United States Bicentennial. As a conductor, Gould was much in demand for guest appearances in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, and Australia. With his orchestra, he recorded many classical standards, among them George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue, on which recording he played piano. In 1995, Gould was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Stringmusic, written for the National Symphony.