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Jerome Moross

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Jerome Moross was born in New York on August 1, 1913. Beginning piano lessons at age five and composing by age eight, Moross was, in 1924, the youngest child ever to gradua te from a New York City Public School up to that time.He graduated from New York University School of Music at eighteen and as a senior there, concurrently held a Juilliard conducting fellowship. Moross was awarded Guggenheim Fellowships in 1947 and 1948.

Paeans, the first of his concert pieces to be performed when Moross was seventeen, was conducted by Bernard Herrmann and soon after published by Henry Cowell. Performances and commissions followed. Henry Cowell played THOSE EVERLASTING BLUES (1932), and the composer wrote BIGUINE (1934) for Charles Weidman. At twenty-four, Moross was the youngest composer ever commissioned by the Columbia Composers Commission. A tall story for orchestra resulted and was first performed by CBS radio. Sir Thomas Beecham premiered SYMPHONY NO. 1 at the Seattle Symphony in 1943. Other performances followed, and CBS radio aired one of the several by Alfred Wallenstein and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.Moross wrote the first of his five ballets, PAUL BUNYAN: AN AMERICAN SAGA, for Charles Weidman. The four others, including the best known, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY, were commissioned by Ruth Page of the Chicago Ballet. FRANKIE AND JOHNNY has also been performed as an orchestral suite. THE LAST JUDGEMENT, a ballet of ten dances, is arranged for piano four-hands as well as for orchestra.

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