Norman Dello Joio

  • The distinguished musical career of Norman Dello Joio began for him at age fourteen when he became a church organist and choir director of the Star of the Sea Church on City Island, New York. A descendant of Italian church organists, he was born January 24, 1913 in New York. His father was an organist, pianist, singer, and vocal coach. His father taught him the piano at age four, and in his teens he began studying organ with his godfather, Pietro Yon, organist at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. In 1939, he was accepted as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School, and studies composition with Bernard Wagenaar. In 1941, he began studies with Paul Hindemith, the man who profoundly influenced his compositional style, at Tanglewood and Yale.

    In the latter part of the forties, Dello Joio was considered one of America’s leading composers and by the fifties had gained international recognition. He received numerous awards and grants including the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Award, the Town Hall Composition Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and a grant from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He won the New York Music Critics’ Circle Award in 1948, and again in 1962. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for Meditations on Ecclesiastes for string orchestra, and an Emmy Award for his music in the television special Scenes from the Louvre. In 1958, CBS featured him in a one-hour television special, “Profile of a Composer.”

    The partial list of Dello Joio’s compositions include over forty-five choral works, close to thirty works for orchestra and ten for band, approximately twenty-five pieces for solo voice, twenty chamber works, concertos for piano, flute, harp, a Concertante for Clarinet, and a Concertino for Harmonica. His stage works include three operas (one written for television and revised for the stage,) and eight ballets. Additionally, he has written nine television scores and three compositions for organ. His published solo piano works include three sonatas, two nocturnes, two preludes, two suites, two “Songs Without Words” a Capriccio, Introduction and Fantasies on a Chorale Tune, Diversions, Short Intervallic Etudes, and Concert Variants. Dello Joio has one published work for piano and orchestra, the Fantasy and Variations for Piano and Orchestra. He has also written a number of pedagogical pieces for both two and four hands. Also included are works for four hands and two pianos.

    Dello Joio taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Mannes College of Music, and was Professor of Music and Dean of the Fine and Applied Arts School of Boston University. From 1959 until 1973, he directed the Ford Foundation’s Contemporary Music Project, which placed young composers in high schools who were salaried to compose music for school ensembles and programs. The project placed about ninety composers, many who successfully continued their careers. Dello Joio continues to compose with no signs of retiring. He is frequently being commissioned, as his music remains in constant demand.


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    Chamber Ensemble
    14869 Lyric Dances 14869 9:00 Fl. Ob. Cl. Tpt.(C) Hn. Str.(1 1 1 1 1)
    PCB140 Lyrical Interludes PCB140 23:57 String Quartet
    O3536 Trio O3536 Flute, Cello, Piano
    B3257 Variations and Capriccio B3257 Violin, Piano
    Vocal / Choral
    CM6655 The Bluebird CM6655 4:53 SATB, Piano
    14846 Heloise and Abelard
    Ballet with Medium or High Voice
    14846 30:00 Medium or High Voice; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    20238 The Lamentation of Saul
    (Chamber Setting)
    20238 22:00 Solo baritone voice; fl., ob.; vla., vcl.; pno.
    342-40167 Love Song (No. 2 From “Songs Of Memory”)
    SATB Chorus and Piano
    342-40167 4:20 SATB
    342-40165 A Memory
    T.T.B.B Chorus and Piano
    342-40165 6:15
    342-40168 My City (No. 3 From “Songs Of Memory”)
    SATB Chorus and Piano
    342-40168 4:15 SATB
    VF20 The Norman Dello Joio Vocal Collection VF20 voice, Piano
    342-40166 The Oak Tree (No. 1, From “Songs Of Memory”)
    SATB Chorus and Piano
    342-40166 4:00 SATB
    CM7321 Prayers Of Cardinal Newman CM7321 SATB
    442-41011 A Proclamation
    Let Us Sing A New Song – S.A.T.B. Chorus and Piano (Or Band)
    442-41011 13:00 SATB
    14890 A Proclamation
    “Let Us Sing A New Song”
    14890 13:00 SATB and Piano or Concert Band: 2 1 4 1 2A.Sax. T.Sax. Bar.Sax. – 4 3 4 1; Timp. B.Baritone
    CM8714 A Psalm Of David CM8714 SATB
    O3723 A Psalm Of David O3723 SATB
    20244 A Psalm of David
    (Band)
    20244 27:00 SATB chorus; picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), cl.(4), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), cor.(2), tpt.(2), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; cb., timp., perc., pno.
    20242 A Psalm of David 20242 27:00 SATB chorus; 0 0 0 0 – 4 4 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
    342-40158 The Quest
    S.A.T.B and Piano
    342-40158 5:30
    O3826 Song Of The Open Road O3826 SATB, Piano
    20249 The Tall Kentuckian 20249 17:00 Solo soprano, tenor, bass voices, SATB; 1(dbl. Picc.) 1(dbl.E.H.) 1 1 – 3 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.(no vla.)
    SC57 To Saint Cecilia SC57 15:00 Mixed Chorus
    20250 To Saint Cecilia 20250 15:00 SATB chorus; tpt.(3), hn.(3), tbn.(3), tba.
    O4119 To Saint Cecilia – Choral Score O4119 15:00 SATB
    20256 The Vigil 20256 8:00 SATB chorus; tpt.(3), hn.(3), tbn.(3), tba.; timp. perc.(2)
    PCB129 The Vigil PCB129 14:30 SATB
    Orchestra
    20227 Air Power Suite 20227 39:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    20228 Air Power Suite: Frolics of the Early Days 20228 2:30 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    14663 Ballabili 14663 27:15::00 3 3 3 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    CY4006F Ballabilli CY4006F :00:00 Orchestra
    20230 Concert Music for Orchestra 20230 21:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    20233 Diversion of Angels 20233 16:00 Ballet version: 1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Pno. Str.
    20234 Divertimento 20234 27:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 0; Perc. Str.
    SC12 Epigraph SC12 7:00 Orchestra
    20235 Epigraph 20235 7:00 picc./2/2/b.cl./2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    14813 Evocations Part II. Promise of Spring
    for Mixed Chorus, Young People’s Chorus and Orchestra or Band
    14813 16:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    CY4007F Lyric Dances CY4007F :00:00 Orchestra
    AS65 A Lyrical Movement AS65 String Orchestra
    20239 Magnificat 20239 16:00 3(Picc.) 2 0 0 – 4 3 0 0; Perc. Pno. Str.
    O5315 Meditations On Ecclesiastes O5315 22:00 String Orchestra
    20240 Meditations on Ecclesiastes 20240 22:00 String Orchestra
    20241 New York Profiles 20241 20:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    20243 A Psalm of David 20243 27:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    20246 Seraphic Dialogues 20246 25:00 1 (picc.) /1/1/1; 1-1-1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
    20247 Serenade 20247 16:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 0; Timp. Perc. Cel.(or Pno.) Hp. Str.
    20248 Song of Affirmation: A Symphonic Cantata 20248 42:00 Solo soprano voice; narrator; SATB chorus; 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    20251 The Triumph of St. Joan 20251 25:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    20253 The Triumph of St. Joan. Mvt II (“The Warrior”) 20253 8:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 1 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    14942 Variants on a Bach Chorale 14942 25:00 3 3 3 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    20254 Variations, Chaconne and Finale 20254 21:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    20229 Ballad of the Seven Lively Arts
    (formerly – Big City, from Air Power Suite)
    20229 10:00 Solo Pno.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 3 2 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    20231 Concertante for Clarinet and Orchestra 20231 17:00 Solo clarinet; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Cel.(opt.) Str.
    20232 Concerto for Harp and Orchestra 20232 20:00 Solo Hp.; 1 1 2(dbl. B.Cl.) 1 – 2 0 0 0; 3Perc. Str.
    20236 Fantasy and Variations
    for Piano and Orchestra
    20236 22:00 Solo Pno.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp./Perc. Str.
    20237 The Lamentation of Saul 20237 22:00 Solo baritone voice; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno.(opt.) Hp. Str.
    20245 Ricercari 20245 20:00 Solo Pno.; 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    20226 Air Power
    A Suite for Band
    20226 39:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(3), a.cl., b.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), cor.(3), tbn.(3), bar.hn., t.; cb., timp., perc.(2)
    J732 Fantasies On An Original Theme J732 Concert Band
    145-40023 Metaphrase
    On Lines From Shakespeare
    145-40023 12:00
    20252 The Triumph of St. Joan
    Band version
    20252 27:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn.(2), cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax. , b.sax.; hn.(4), cor.(3), tpt.(2), tbn.(3), bar., tba.; cb., timp., perc.(2)
    20255 Variations, Chaconne and Finale
    Arrangement for Band
    20255 21:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., cl.(3), a.cl., b.cl., cb.cl., bsn., cbsn., a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(4), tbn.(3), bar., tba.; cb., timp. perc.(4)

  • A Psalm of David
    for Orchestra
    A Psalm of David
    for SATB Chorus and Orchestra
    Composer Scrapbook
    Diversion of Angels
    for Chamber Orchestra (Ballet)
    Meditations on Ecclesiastes
    for String Orchestra

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