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date: 17 November 2019

Morton, Lawrence locked

  • Matthew Mugmon


(b Duluth, MN, July 13, 1904; d Santa Monica, CA, May 8, 1987). American music critic and arts administrator. He attended the University of Minnesota and began his music career as an organist for silent films. He moved to California in 1939 and worked as an orchestrator and composer, but he quickly became a notable critic and a well connected figure in the Los Angeles music scene. Morton wrote vividly and forthrightly about music in publications including Script, Frontier, Musical Quarterly, and Notes. He also distinguished himself for his close attention to film scores; he wrote regularly on the subject in Modern Music (1944–6) and Hollywood Quarterly (1945–51).

Morton’s advocacy of new music in his criticism extended to his career as a concert organizer. From the early 1950s until 1971, he supervised Los Angeles’ Evenings on the Roof (renamed Monday Evening Concerts in 1954...

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