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Illinois Wesleyan University presents

Symposium of Contemporary Music 1996

MORTON GOULD MEMORIAL CONCERT April 4, 1996 Westbrook Auditorium 7:30 P. M. Opening Remarks David Vayo, Associate Professor of Composition and Theory Elegy (1978)

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Morton Gould (1913-1996)

composedjor the NBC-TV series "Holocaust " Solitude (1934)

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Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (1899-1974) arranged by Morton Gould

Sophisticated Lady (1933)

CAMERATA Vadim Mazo, Conductor Violin I

Viola

Gina Lauer"

Frederick Meyer II"

Samantha Sheetz

Maggie Hamby

Nobuhiro Sato

Tim Tagge

Laura Lulusa John Feller

Violoncello Christopher Frey"

Violin Jl

Andrea Schripsema

Nicole Frey"

Brian Gaona

Teresa Pingitore Peter Berk

Bass

Mary Gomez

Andrew Giller Harp Ted Nichelson .. denotes Principal - PAUSE-


Ballad for Band (1947)

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Morton Gould

Santa Fe Saga (1956)

WIND ENSEMBLE Steven W. Eggleston, Conductor Horn

Flute

Peter Gilbert*

Sara Jokisch*

Alto Altc Altc Ten4 Tenl Tenl Ban And TrUi Tpt Tpt: Tpt: TroT. Thn

Allison lsbrandt

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Leila Bauer

Piccolo

Jamie Schwendinger

Cara Pribble

Jennifer Schmidt

Christy Tucker

Joanna Reich

Heather Berg· Asst. 1st Trumpet

Oboe/Ellglish Horn Lori Rowe*

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English Horn

Brian Seitz

Sarah Testa· Asst. lst/Prin. 2nd

Christopher Judd Joyce· Asst. 1st

Jill Parsons

Brian Niebuhr

Bassoon

Jonathan Lauff

Jeni Phelps*

Amanda McCabe

Peter Weber

Eb Clarillet

Trombone

Beth Cazel

Brian Joosten*

Bb Clarillet

Victor Anderson

Guy Kelpin

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Asst. 1st

Pamela Drexler* Gina Magnetta*

Bass Trombone

Gina Pellegrino

Joseph Gray

April Alice Lord Sue Sipos

Euphonium

Emily Kuhn

Robert Weemhoff

Bass Clarillet

Tuba

Catherine Webb

Timothy Culbertson*

Alto SaxophDl/e

Percussion

R. Lee Poehlman Jr.*

Timothy Eytalis*

Michael Rich

Douglas Meis Dan Solovitz

Tellor Saxophone

Holly Gray

Ryan Williamson

Allison Koch

Baritone Saxophone Chris Denman * denotes Principal


MORTON GOULD

died in Orlando, Florida on February 21st, six weeks before he

was to have visited Illinois Wesleyan University as guest composer for our annual Symposium of Contemporary Music. We thus feel a personal sense of loss, in addi­ tion to mourning the passing of one of America's great musical figures. We present this concert as a celebration of his achievements and a tribute to the musical and per­ sonal values for which he stood. Morton Gould was born in Richmond Hill, New York on December 10, 1913. At the age of four, he surprised his parents by playing what he heard on their player piano rolls. His first composition was published at the age of six. Gould gained early critical attention as a piano prodigy and for his composing and improvising abilities.

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Most of his musical studies were with Abby W hiteside in piano and Dr. Vincent Jones in composition. Gould was.part of the "Golden Age" of radio as a composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. The programs he conducted, including the Schenley Cresta Blanca pro­ gram and the Chrysler Hour, were among the most popular musical shows of their time; for Cresta Blanca, he wrote one of the first successful jingles for a commercial. Gould was also on the musical staff of Radio City Music Hall when it opened in

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1932, and subsequently joined NBC as pianist and part of a two-piano team.

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Gould's music is known for its distinctively American flavor, integrating folk, blues,

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jazz, gospel, and western elements. Among his more popular symphonic works are

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American Salute, and Derivations for Clarinet and Band (written for the late Benny

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orchestras, the Library of Congress, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,

In 1995, Gould won the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his composition Stringmusic.

Latin American Symp/lOnette, Spirituals for Orchestra, Tap Dance Concerto, Pavane, Goodman). Gould's compositions were commissioned by many major symphony the U. S. Department of Labor, the New York City Ballet, and the American Ballet Theater; in 1976, he received three major commissions celebrating the U. S. ·Or. m

Bicentennial. Conductors who have programmed Gould's works include Arturo Toscanini, Leopold Stokowski, Dmitri Mitropoulos, Fritz Reiner, Arthur Fiedler, Andre Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Slatkin, and Michael Tilson Thomas. As a composer for ballet, Gould collaborated with such prominent choreographers as George Balanchine (Clarinade and Audubon); Jerome Robbins (Interplay and I'm Old-Fashioned); Elliot Feld (Halftime and Santa Fe Saga); and Agnes DeMille (Fall River Legend). He wrote two Broadway musicals: Arms and the Girl with Dorothy Fields and Billion Dollar Baby with Comden and Green. His film scores include Deliglrtfully Dangerous, Wil1djammer, and Cinerama Holiday. He composed scores for television including CBS' 26-week documentary World War I; F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood; and the NBC-TV mini-series, Holocaust. As a conductor, Gould appeared with major orchestras throughout the United States and the world, including Japan, Australia, and Israel. He conducted over one hundred LP's on the Decca, Columbia (Sony) and RCA (BMG) labels, many of which have been reissued on CD. These recordings run the gamut from symphonies to pop standards, and include many of his own compositions. Gould received numerous Grammy nominations and won the 1966 Grammy for Classical Album of the Year for his recording of Charles Ives' First Symphony with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to composing and performing, Gould was very active as a "musical citizen," serving on the boards of such organizations as the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Symphony Orchestra League. He was on the board of

directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for thirty-six years, and served as ASCAP's president from 1986 to 1994.

Symposium of Contemporary Music, 1996  

Presented by the Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music, April 4, 1996. The symposium featured a special tribute to composer Morton Go...

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