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Jerome Moross

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Religion  Jewish
Name  Jerome Moross
Role  Composer

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Born  August 1, 1913 (1913-08-01) New York City
Residence  Los Angeles, California
Occupation  Composer: Television series Wagon Train
Died  July 25, 1983, Miami, Florida, United States
Albums  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Music director  The Big Country, The Valley of Gwangi, The Cardinal, The War Lord, The Proud Rebel

The Jayhawkers | Soundtrack Suite (Jerome Moross)

Jerome Moross (August 1, 1913 – July 25, 1983) was an American-born composer. He composed works for symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists and musical theatre. He also orchestrated motion picture scores for other composers. He is best known for his music for film and television.


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He was born in New York City in 1913. He became a talented piano player and composed music for the theater. During his early years, Moross met and became lifelong friends with Bernard Herrmann. In 1931 he met Aaron Copland and joined his Young Composers Group, whose members included Bernard Herrmann. Copland supported his work and Herrmann provided him an introduction to the entertainment media, beginning with the composition of music cues for radio shows in 1935. In the 1940s he began to work in Hollywood, California, where he would compose the music scores for sixteen films from 1948 to 1969.

In 1956 he composed the score for the World War II drama The Sharkfighters, possibly traveling to Cuba with the film company. The score is distinctive in its use of ethnic themes featuring syncopation and percussion instruments that stress the ostinato rhythm that soon became the signature style element of his scores for many westerns.

His best-known film score is that for the 1958 movie The Big Country, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Original Music Score. According to Moross, he composed the main title after recalling a walk he took in the flatlands around Albuquerque, New Mexico, during a visit in October 1936, shortly before he moved to Hollywood.

His other works include the music for the films The Proud Rebel (1958), The Mountain Road (1951), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960), Five Finger Exercise (1962), The Cardinal (1963), The War Lord (1965), Rachel, Rachel (1968), The Valley of Gwangi (1969) and Hail, Hero! (1969). He also composed the main theme for the 3rd–8th seasons of the television western series Wagon Train, the theme of which was based on his score for the 1959 historical western The Jayhawkers!.

He also orchestrated for other composers, usually uncredited, including such films as Our Town for Copland and The Best Years of Our Lives for Hugo Friedhofer.

Moross's concert works included a sonata for a piano duet and string quartet, and a symphony that was premiered by conductor Sir Thomas Beecham on 18 October 1943 in Seattle, Washington. It featured an "intrinsically American sound" that characterized all of Moross's compositions in every genre and form.

Moross died in Miami in 1983 of congestive heart failure following a stroke.

Theatre works

  • Mother (1935) – play – co-incidental music composer
  • Susanna and the Elders (1948) – one-act musical – composer
  • Willie the Weeper (1948) – one-act musical – composer
  • The Eccentricities of Davey Crockett (1948) – one-act musical – composer
  • The Golden Apple (1954) – musical – composer
  • Gentlemen, Be Seated! (1963) – musical – composer
  • References

    Jerome Moross Wikipedia