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In the 1940s, JEROME MOROSS began to work in Hollywood, California, where he would compose the music scores for sixteen films from 1948 to 1969.

He composed the score for the World War II drama The Sharkfighters. 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 Best Original Score.

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THE BIG COUNTRY

The Big Country is a 1958 American epic Western film directed by William Wyler, starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, and Burl Ives. The supporting cast features Charles Bickford and Chuck Connors. Filmed in Technicolor and Technirama, the picture was based on the serialized magazine novel Ambush at Blanco Canyon by Donald Hamilton and was co-produced by Wyler and Peck. The opening title sequence was created by Saul Bass.

The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for the musical score, composed by Jerome Moross.

THE CARDINAL

The Cardinal is a 1963 American drama film produced independently, directed by Otto Preminger and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The screenplay was written by Robert Dozier, based on the novel of the same name (1950) by Henry Morton Robinson. The music score was written by Jerome Moross.

The film’s cast features Tom Tryon, Romy Schneider and John Huston, and it was nominated for six Academy Awards. It marks the final appearance by veteran film star Dorothy Gish as well as the last big-screen performance of Maggie McNamara.

FORGET ME NOT

Lyrics by JOE GIORDANO

Sung by LEE DOUGHERTY

Music performed by HARRY WEINSTORCK, violin, HARRY GLICKMAN, violin, HARRY ZARATZIAN, viola, CARL ZIEGLER, cello, PHIL FRADKIN, piano

FORGET ME NOT is a short film written and produced by JOE GIORDANO in 1964. Unfortunately, it was never distributed. The opening theme titled SOMEDAY became the basis for a Moross chamber work, QUINTET FOR PIANO AND STRINGS. The opening song was published under the title SOMEDAY and was originally recorded by MARILYN MAYE. It later was sung by Broadway star, ALICE RIPLEY, for the PS CLASSICS album WINDFLOWERS.

The film is a love story without dialogue. It tells about a widower planning to visit his wife’s grave. He wants to place a spray of flowers at her headstone but runs into various difficulties putting them there. In the end he collects his bouquet and expresses his devotion to the memory of his long lost love.   

 


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