Jerome Moross

Jerome Moross ( born August 1, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, † July 25, 1983 in Miami, Florida) was an American composer and conductor. He created some musical works for the cinema of the 1950s and 1960s. Among these compositions for films such as The Big Country, Adventure on the Mississippi, The Cardinal, The Normans come or The love of a summer.

Life and career

Jerome Moross was born in 1913 in Brooklyn, New York. Musically gifted, he started at the age of five years to play as an accomplished pianist, at the age of eight he began the composition of his own works. His first major composition Paens work was premiered in 1930 by Bernard Herrmann. At the age of eighteen Jerome Moross left as a graduate of New York University.

The mid-1930s he began to write the music for numerous Broadway shows. From 1940 on, he shifted his field of activity as an arranger, orchestrator and conductor to Hollywood. There he frequently worked with other well-known composers such as Aaron Copland, Franz Waxman and Hugo Friedhofer. Since 1948, Moross has also composed film scores themselves. He wrote the music for such films as the city in a stranglehold, The Proud Rebel, The Commander, A stranger arrived, The Cardinal, Gwangis revenge or for the drama film Hail, Hero!. In 1959, he was honored for his composition for the Western Big Country by director William Wyler starring Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston in the lead roles with an Oscar nomination.

Jerome Moross was married from 1939 until his death, with Hazel Abrams. Moross died on 25 July 1983 69 -year-old in Miami in the state of Florida.


Filmography (selection)