One in this educational public affairs series that traces the origins and development of the American musical theater and examines the careers and contributions of the creative artists who have made the musical a native American art form. In an informal workshop setting, New York City high school students meet the composers, lyricists, and performers who have shaped the American musical and question them about their work. In this edition, host Jim Morske examines the work of composer and musician Morton Gould. Alfredo Antonini and the CBS Orchestra open the program with a rendition of Gould's "Pavanne." Host Earl Wrightson then introduces Gould, who details his early childhood interest in and exposure to music, and gives some insight into his life as a child prodigy. After Gould explains that his music is particularly American in flavor, the orchestra plays his "American Salute," based in part on the tune "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," and Antonini tells about his hearing Gould's music for the first time. Gould then defines what he calls a "string choir," and Antonini leads orchestra in his favorite of these, a variation on "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child." Gould then recounts his work on radio and Broadway, and the orchestra performs his "Charleston Ballet" from the 1945 Broadway musical "Billion Dollar Baby." He then talks about being known for using his elbows on the keyboard, and plays a blues movement from his composition "Interplay," later adapted for ballet. Gould explains that as a composer he thinks in terms of musical patterns instead of instruments, and felt challenged to produce a concerto featuring something other than the usual medium of violin or piano. In response, the orchestra plays "Concerto for Tap Dance," accompanied by dancer Michael Dominico. In closing, Gould conducts the CBS Orchestra in the last movement from his "Jubilee."

Cataloging of this program was made possible by a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation.


  • DATE: October 1, 1961 Sunday 11:30 AM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:43:58
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T:55008
  • GENRE: Music
  • SERIES RUN: WCBS (New York, NY) - TV series, 1959-1965


  • Ned Cramer … Producer
  • Ethel Burns … Associate Producer
  • Neal Finn … Director
  • Alfredo Antonini … Conductor
  • CBS Orchestra, The … Music Group
  • Earl Wrightson … Host
  • Morton Gould … Guest, Composer, Conductor, Instrumentalist, Pianist
  • Michael Dominico … Dancer
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