JEROME MOROSS’s career encompasses four spheres, Broadway, Hollywood, the Dance world and the concert hall. He is best known to some audiences as the composer of the Academy Award-nominated score for William Wyler’s epic western, The Big Country (1958). An innovative score that challenged the status quo, it has influenced Western film scores ever since. Yet Moross also influenced the theatrical world with his unique approach to musical theater, including The Golden Apple (1954) and his interpretation of American urban mythology in Frankie and Johnny (1938), a work that combined American music and vernacular dance. Certain of Moross’s compositions that lack a dramatic core are less appreciated, but even his instrumental pieces have a story to tell. Moross composed many important pieces that crossed genres and inspired a re-consideration of traditional attitudes.
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