Wikipedia – concise biography and list of works.
G. Schirmer – Gould’s publisher gives a much more eloquent account of the composer’s life (which wikipedia seems to have stolen and mangled).
Kennedy Center – Heaps yet more praise on the composer.
There is even an entire book dedicated to the biography of Morton Gould, by Peter W. Goodman. It is called American Salute.
Google books preview of the book here.
Review of said book here.
From the score of the Symphony for Band:
This Symphony was composed for the West Point Sesquicentennial Celebration, marking 150 years of progress at the United States Military Academy. The composer was invited to contribute a composition for this event by the Academy and Major Francis E. Resta, commanding officer of the United States Military Band and director of music at the Academy.
Composed during the months of January and February, 1952, this Symphony was first performed on April 13th of that year at the Academy with composer conducting the United States Military Academy Band.
The Symphony is in two movements. The first, “Epitaphs”, is somber and reflective in character, looking backward on the generations who have served at West Point and inspired by the cemetery on the grounds. It goes on to build a huge, multi-layered passacaglia texture that features a marching machine in the percussion section. “Marches” opens quietly to an upbeat march rhythm, which grows as the movement progresses. Gould’s Symphony is a masterwork for winds. It is among the earliest American symphonies for bands, but it was in good company: Paul Hindemith, Vincent Persichetti, Alan Hovhaness, and Vittorio Giannini all composed their first symphonies for band in that same decade.
Listen to William Revelli and the University of Michigan Symphony Band perform the first movement of the Symphony:
As well as the second movement: