Jerome Moross (August 1, 1913 - July 27, 1983) was an American stage and film composer and conductor.
Moross was born in New York City in 1913. He became a talented piano player and composed music for the theater. In the 1940s he began to work in Hollywood, where he would compose music for 16 films from 1948 to 1969.
His best known film score is the theme to the 1958 movie The Big Country, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Original Music Score. According to Moross, he composed the theme after walking in the flat lands around Albuquerque.
Among his other works include the music for the films The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960), The Cardinal (1963), and Rachel, Rachel (1968). He also composed the main theme to the 3rd-8th seasons of the TV series Wagon Train and was a conductor on many other films.
Moross' classical works include a symphony, a sonata for two pianos and string quartet.
Moross died in 1983 of congestive heart failure following a stroke.
Part of his theme from The Big Country was sampled,somewhat bizarrely,by MC Tunes versus 808 State in a top 10 UK chart hit,"The Only Rhyme That Bites",in 1990.
Work on Broadway