May 21, 2013
Listen to the Jerome Moross Centenary Celebration on WHRB Radio
Tune in to WHRB, Harvard Radio Broadcasting, 95.3 FM, Boston for 9 hours of Jerome Moross's music. To listen to live audio streaming, visit
Program to include Frankie and Johnny, The Last Judgement, The Golden Apple, Hollywood favorites, and more.

June 5, 2013
Robert Black: Modern American Bass @ Kilbourn Hall Performs the Moross Bass Sonatina
Rochester, NY

June 25, 2013
German Premiere of Moross's The Last Judgement
Performed by Duo Ping and Ting at Twin Pack Piano Fastival
Hannover Music Academy
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August 26, 2013
Hollywood Rhapsody at the Proms
John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson, Conductor
Program includes theme to The Big Country
Royal Albert Hall
London, UK
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August 27, 2013
Screening of "The Big Country" with special guest appearance of Susanna Moross Tarjan
Showtime: 7 PM
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival at Cinema Paradiso
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SAVE THE DATE October 15, 2013 at 6 PM
Celebrating the Centennial of Jerome Moross in Honor of Sid Ramin
Columbia University
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Butler Library Room 523
Reception and viewing of the exhibition "Celebrating Composers"
For more information, e-mail Jennifer B. Lee at

March 8, 2014
Society for American Music
40th Annual Conference
A Centennial Commemoration of Jerome Moross
Click here for more information.

April 26. 27, 2014
Buffalo Philharmonic
JoAnn Falletta, Conductor
Moross Symphony No.1



by Jon Burlingame

Jerome Moross forever changed the sound of Western movies with his classic, Oscar-nominated score for The Big Country in 1958. But he was also an innovator in the musical theater, in ballet and in other musical realms. His Broadway show The Golden Apple was a landmark achievement combining opera with musical comedy; and he consistently surprised critics and audiences alike with his fresh approaches in the worlds of chamber and symphonic music as well.

Born on August 1, 1913, in Brooklyn, he graduated at age 18 from New York University, and in the 1930s was a member of Aaron Copland's Young Composers Group. Yet, as Christopher Palmer points out in his The Composer in Hollywood, Moross, "independently of his friend Copland, sought to develop an authentically American nationalist idiom which was not exclusively jazz-orientated but drew nourishment from a great variety of American folk and popular music cultures: musical comedy, vaudeville, folksong of the Appalachian mountain variety, spirituals, blues, rags and stomps."

For that reason, Moross's music is quintessentially American in richness and flavor. It feels inevitably rooted in American musical traditions. The composer moved back and forth across the continent during the 1940s, '50s and '60s, writing for concerts, radio, theater, and movies whenever Hollywood would call; he orchestrated Copland's scores for Our Town and The North Star, as well as Hugo Friedhofer's Americana-infused score for The Best Years of Our Lives.

Starting in 1948, he began getting film assignments of his own, culminating a decade later in his masterpiece, The Big Country, a sprawling Western directed by William Wyler and starring Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Carroll Baker and Jean Simmons. "For this film," says Mariana Whitmer, executive director of the Society for American Music (and author of a book-length study of the score), "Moross intentionally defied the familiar notions of how a Western should be accompanied and composed an imposing symphonic score that continues to inspire film composers."

Film-music historian John Caps cited "the authentic folk-song quality of the score, intentional and quantifiable," finding the music "rhythmically alive... [containing] that maverick, reckless, runaway pulse" that helped to define it as belonging to the American West. Palmer declared its rhythms "sturdy, muscular, rugged, sprung of the native soil. Moross's musical language – its tunes, its chords, its rhythms, its structure – is basically very simple. It is also personal to Moross."

Moross' score, recognized with an Academy Award nomination, redefined the sound of the Western. "Moross captures the sense of wide-open spaces and the grandeur of the Old West with a style that will be ably assimilated by Elmer Bernstein [and other composers] in the 1960s," adds author Roger Hickman in his book Reel Music: Exploring 100 Years of Film Music. And it brought more offers to Moross, whose other Westerns included The Proud Rebel (1958),The Jayhawkers (1959), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960) and the themes for television's popular Wagon Train (1959) and Lancer (1968).

He scored films in other genres, including the thriller The Sharkfighters (1956), the Cinerama travelogue Seven Wonders of the World (1956), the medieval drama The War Lord (1965), the cowboys-versus-dinosaurs fantasy The Valley of Gwangi (1969) and Paul Newman's sensitive drama Rachel, Rachel (1968). But his other magnum opus in film, The Cardinal (1963), was a globe-spanning epic about the Catholic Church that combined reverent themes, Viennese waltzes and, of course, vintage Americana as only Moross could have provided. At director Otto Preminger's insistence, Moross went on location throughout Europe with the film.

But Moross was far from solely a film composer. He was constantly experimenting in every musical genre. His ballet Frankie and Johnny (1938) drew on folk themes; his Ballet Ballads (1948) combined ballet and theater; and his remarkable The Golden Apple (1954) (with librettist and lyricist John Latouche) won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical and, according to reviewers at the time, was nothing short of brilliant. It was a retelling of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey myths set in turn-of-the-century Washington state and anticipated the sung-through musical years before it became popular. Its best-known song is "Lazy Afternoon," introduced by Kaye Ballard and since covered by everyone from Barbra Streisand to Tony Bennett.

He composed his first and only symphony during the war years. As Buffalo Philharmonic conductor JoAnn Falletta recently observed, "Moross used traditional forms... in music that was intrinsically American. Reminiscent of the wide spacing and tonal purity of Copland's works, Moross brings his own accessible humor to the symphonic form." None other than Sir Thomas Beecham conducted the premiere of the symphony in Seattle in 1943.

Moross regularly challenged the status quo: His Gentlemen, Be Seated! received only three performances at New York's City Center Opera in 1963: its review of events during the Civil War, performed as a minstrel show, was too much for critics or audiences to handle as the civil-rights movement was reaching its height. He spent much of his last decade writing chamber music and turning Lucille Fletcher's radio play Sorry, Wrong Number into a one-act opera (1977).

Moross died on July 25, 1983.

Says Whitmer: "He consciously refused to be swayed by popular trends. He turned away from modernist techniques (such as serialism) early in his career and he never looked back. Instead Moross called on the music he heard around him for inspiration, including popular song – he had a great appreciation for Vernon Duke, who he met when he was quite young – and jazz heard in clubs. But Moross also had a vast knowledge and appreciation of classical music. With the exception of his ballet, Frankie and Johnny, Moross never relied on quoting from the American folk repertoire to sound 'American.' Because his music was inspired by American musical idioms, it was intrinsically American."

Moross's career is celebrated in a nationally syndicated two-hour special, Jerome Moross: "The Big Country" and Beyond, produced by the WFMT Radio Network and hosted by Michael Feinstein.


Saturday, May 6, 2017
BWW TV: Go Inside Rehearsal for Encores!THE GOLDEN APPLE with Lindsay Mendez, Ashley Brown & More!
If you are among the lucky theatergoers to see the limited run of Encores! production of The Golden Apple
opening on May 10 at New York City Center, here is a teaser of what you can expect as you meet the cast and crew. To see the video, click here>>>

Monday, April 17, 2017
Just Announced! The cast of "The Golden Apple" at NY City Center. Opens May 10.
Lindsay Mendez, Ryan Silverman, and More Set for The Golden Apple at Encores!
A number of stage favorites will take part
in the Encores! presentation of The Golden Apple, which will take place May 10–14 at New York City Center. To read more, click here>>>

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Big River, The New Yorkers & The Golden Apple Slated for Encores! 2017.
Encores! upcoming season will begin with Roger Miller’s 1985 retelling of Mark Twain’s classic novel, Big River, on February
8, 2017, followed by Cole Porter’s The New Yorkers. The Golden Apple, John Latouche and Jerome Moross’ whimsical reinvention of Greek epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, is set to close out the series' 24th year. To read more, click here>>>

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
City Center Encores! Announces 2016-17 Season: Long-awaited Golden Apple revival is a highlight of the season.
The Golden Apple, the 1954 musicalization of Homer's The Odyssey (reset in post-Civil War America) that has
attracted a cult following in the years since its original three-month Broadway run, will be featured during recordings on CD and DVD of the past year — hardly comprehensive, but the ones I’ve returned to with unceasing pleasure.
the 2017 season of the Encores! Great American Musical in Concert series at New York City Center. To read more, click here>>>

Friday, January 1, 2016
The 10 Best Sounds In The Classical World In 2015
by Lloyd Schwartz
Here are some of my favorite musical
recordings on CD and DVD of the past year — hardly comprehensive, but the ones I’ve returned to with unceasing pleasure.
To read more, click here>>>

Friday, November 13, 2015
My Dream Encores! Show
Cynthia Nixon on THE GOLDEN APPLE
by New York City Center
Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon has played everyone from Jean Brodie to Eleanor Roosevelt, but the role that got away was Agnes Gooch.
“I’m too old now, but I always really wanted to do Gooch,” she says. “Because if she sings badly, it’s fine, you know?” If the third lead in Mame seems like an unlikely Everest, keep in mind that Nixon is obsessed with musicals. She and Sarah Jessica Parker used to sing showtunes during long nights on the set of “Sex and the City,” and these days she still listens mostly to cast recordings. For her dream Encores! show, Nixon selected The Golden Apple, Jerome Moross and John Latouche’s exquisite, brainy “opera for Broadway,”
To read more, click here>>>

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
PERFORMANCE TODAY features music of Moross
Fred Child presents music by Jerome Moross, Biguine and Symphony No. 1, recorded by Maestra JoAnn Falletta, on American Public Media's PERFORMANCE TODAY.
To listen, click here>>>

Thursday, September 24, 2015
New Recording Provides A Soundtrack For A Forgotten Trojan War Musical
A two-CD set featuring performers from the Lyric Stage of Irving,
Texas, revives the soundtrack from the 1954 play, The Golden Apple. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls it a "game-changing new recording."

To listen, click here>>>

Thursday, August 28, 2015
Watch an exclusive video of Joyce DiDonato performing at Wigmore Hall singing Lazy Afternoon
click here>>>

Thursday, June 18, 2015
The golden touch
reviewed by John F. Karr
Here's a pair of new Broadway cast albums: one classic show is reconstructed, while another is deconstructed.
First is a recording I've been waiting for all my life, and I'm not kidding

To read more, click here>>>

To order your recording, click here>>>

"Shadows in the Night" Becomes Worldwide Hit
Jerome Moross/Carolyn Leigh Song “Stay With Me” is featured
Bob Dylan’s new album, Shadows In The Night, has debuted in the Top Ten in 13 countries spanning the globe, including #1 chart entries in the United Kingdom, Sweden and
Ireland, #2 in the Netherlands and Switzerland, #3 in Austria, Japan and Spain, #6 in Germany and Belgium, #8 in Finland and #10 in Canada. The album has also debuted at #7 in the United States, making it the artist’s 17th studio album to debut in the Top 10 in this country.

Among the songs on the album is “Stay With Me,” composed by Jerome Moross with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh. The song is included as an homage to Frank Sinatra who originally recorded it. To read more, click here>>>

One Song, Seven Questions
Through the Road Buckles Under
"STAY WITH ME"-Jerome Moross

"Stay with Me" has been in the news lately. No, I don't mean the song by Sam Smith that inadvertently rips off Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down," but the song of the same title that Bob Dylan sings on his new album, "Shadows in the Night." This "Stay with Me" was also released as a single and Dylan closed many of his concerts last year with it. To read more, Click here>>>

Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 7 PM
Musical Theatre Guild of Los Angeles has mounted a reading of the Moross/LaTouche musical, THE GOLDEN APPLE at the Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
43 Member Cast and 36 Piece Orchestra Highlight 60-year Revival

The cast of 22 is directed by Michael Van Duzer with music direction by Richard Berent. Since 1995, Musical Theatre Guild has grown to become one of Southern California’s premiere theatre companies. MTG is the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence.
In residence at Glendale’s historic Alex Theatre, MTG also presents an acclaimed in-school program in association with the Music Center Education Division. To See more information, Click here>>>

October 24-November 2, 2014
Lyric Stage Presents Jerome Moross and John Latouche’s THE GOLDEN APPLE, an opera for Broadway
43 Member Cast and 36 Piece Orchestra Highlight 60-year Revival
Lyric Stage Founding Producer Steven Jones announced the complete cast and crew of the company’s newest production THE GOLDEN APPLE the
Jerome Moross/John Latouche musical. The performances will be held on October 24, 25, 30, 31 and November 1 at 8:00 PM and October 26 and November 2 at 2:30 PM in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX. To read more, Click here>>>

March 25, 2014
Picture Perfect
This week, WWFM, The Classical Network, on "Picture Perfect" hosted by Ross Amico will focus on Jerome Moross’s
western scores, including The Big Country, The Proud Rebel, The Jayhawkers and The Valley of Gwangi. The show will air this Friday evening, March 28, 2014 at 6. You can catch the streaming here:
If you miss it, the show will be archived as a webcast for the next few months here:

March 24, 2014
Many thanks to the WFMT Radio Network for permission to archive the Moross 2-hour documentary produced by Jon Tolansky in the Media section.
To listen to the Jerome Moross: "The Big Country and Beyond!” Click here>>>

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