Press Release from Notefornote Music:
Now available on CD, for the FIRST time ever, is Morton Gould's tragic and beautiful score to the NBC movie, HOLOCAUST, directed by Marvin J. Chomsky, written by Gerald Green, starring Joseph Bottoms, Tovah Feldshuh, Rosemary Harris, Michael Moriarty, Sam Wanamaker, Fritz Weaver, James Woods, Tom Bell and Meryl Streep. Featuring liner notes by acclaimed author Jon Burlingame, this is a straight reissue of the 1978 RCA LP release.
Capping a life full of achievements in all facets of music are Morton Gould's 1995 Pulitzer Prize for STRINGMUSIC, commissioned by the National Symphony for the final season of music director Mstislav Rostropovich, and his 1994 Kennedy Center Honor in recognition of lifetime contributions to American culture.
Born in Richmond Hill, New York, on 10 December 1913, Morton Gould was recognized early on as a child prodigy with the ability to improvise and compose. At the age of six he had his first composition published. He studied at the Institute of Musical Art (now the Juilliard School), but his most important teachers were Abby Whiteside (piano) and Vincent Jones (composition).
In addition to his Pulitzer Prize and Kennedy Center Honor, Gould was Musical America's 1994 Composer-of-the-Year. A long-time member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Gould was elected president of ASCAP in 1986, a post he held until 1994. In 1986 he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He also served on the board of the American Symphony Orchestra League and on the National Endowment for the Arts music panel.
Sony provided us with excellent sources to work from and we are sure you will agree that HOLOCAUST sounds magnificent. This is one of those big orchestral scores that every collector should own. The music is performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the composer. We have decided to release this at 1,500 copies but will consider pressing more if demand is there.