(Re)Discovering Jerome Moross

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Jerome Moross(Photo: Composers Datebook)
Jerome Moross(Photo: Composers Datebook)

Oftentimes I will mention a composers name to someone and see not the first hint of recognition.  I should not be surprised.  Most people who share my love of music do not have the luxury of digging into the lives of composers and performers that is part of my daily routine.  Nothing increases the pleasure of listening to music quite as much as knowing the composer as a person, rather than a name on a CD booklet.

2013 is the centennial celebration of the birth of composer Jerome Moross.  Radio stations, orchestras, and performing arts groups across the country are taking the opportunity to introduce audiences to the distinct sound of this American composer.

For many, Jerome Moross has become a three-dimensional person because of the tireless efforts of his daughter, Susanna Moross Tarjan.  I have had the pleasure of knowing her for many years, seeing her at many gatherings of music programmers and performers as she worked to introduce music lovers to the work of her father.

Susanna and I spoke recently about her father, his music, and her labor of love to give others the opportunity to hear his work. Listen to the interview above.

Watch a scene from Big Country featuring Jerome Moross’ Academy Award nominated soundtrack

Watch a scene from Golden Apple by Jerome Moross and John Treville LaTouche

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