Jerome Moross: Symphony No. 1; The Last Judgment; Variation on a Waltz (1993)
The notes to this 1993 release, reissued by Albany in 2013, claim that the neglect of American composer Jerome Moross is due to "extra-musical ... Show synopsis The notes to this 1993 release, reissued by Albany in 2013, claim that the neglect of American composer Jerome Moross is due to "extra-musical factors," and that "no one can question" the intrinsic value of his music. That is, of course, for individual listeners to decide, but it's true that the music heard here is unique, pushed even farther in a jazzy direction than that of its main influence (Copland) and most similar contemporary (Leonard Bernstein). Copland in fact praised Moross as "probably the most talented" composer of his generation. He remains better known among film music buffs, for such works as the score to The Big Country (1958) than among concert audiences. That may be because his writing matches the cheery mood of mid-century American film better than the weightier one of symphonic music and ballet, a genre in which Moross was especially prolific. The rhythmic nature of his work seems to suggest itself for dance, but the cinematic treatment of the story of Adam and Eve in The Last...
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