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.


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    Chamber Ensemble
    14869 Lyric Dances
    9:00 Fl. Ob. Cl. Tpt.(C) Hn. Str.(1 1 1 1 1)
    PCB140 Lyrical Interludes
    23:57 String Quartet
    O3536 Trio
    Flute, Cello, Piano
    B3257 Variations and Capriccio
    For Violin and Piano
    Violin, Piano
    Vocal / Choral
    CM6655 The Bluebird
    4:53 SATB, Piano
    20238 The Lamentation of Saul
    (Chamber Setting)
    22:00 Solo baritone voice; fl., ob.; vla., vcl.; pno.
    342-40167 Love Song (No. 2 From “Songs Of Memory”)
    SATB Chorus and Piano
    4:20 SATB
    342-40165 A Memory
    T.T.B.B Chorus and Piano
    6:15
    342-40168 My City (No. 3 From “Songs Of Memory”)
    SATB Chorus and Piano
    4:15 SATB
    VF20 The Norman Dello Joio Vocal Collection
    voice, Piano
    342-40166 The Oak Tree (No. 1, From “Songs Of Memory”)
    SATB Chorus and Piano
    4:00 SATB
    CM7321 Prayers Of Cardinal Newman
    SATB
    442-41011 A Proclamation
    Let Us Sing A New Song – S.A.T.B. Chorus and Piano (Or Band)
    13:00 SATB
    14890 A Proclamation
    “Let Us Sing A New Song”
    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
    SATB
    O3723 A Psalm Of David
    SATB
    20244 A Psalm of David
    (Band)
    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
    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
    5:30
    O3826 Song Of The Open Road
    SATB, Piano
    20249 The Tall Kentuckian
    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
    Mixed Chorus
    20250 To Saint Cecilia
    15:00 SATB chorus; tpt.(3), hn.(3), tbn.(3), tba.
    O4119 To Saint Cecilia – Choral Score
    SATB
    20256 The Vigil
    8:00 SATB chorus; tpt.(3), hn.(3), tbn.(3), tba.; timp. perc.(2)
    PCB129 The Vigil
    14:30 SATB
    Orchestra
    20227 Air Power Suite
    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
    2:30 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    14663 Ballabili
    27:15 3 3 3 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    20230 Concert Music for Orchestra
    21:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    20233 Diversion of Angels
    16:00 Ballet version: 1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Pno. Str.
    20234 Divertimento
    27:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 0; Perc. Str.
    SC12 Epigraph
    Orchestra
    20235 Epigraph
    7:00 picc./2/2/b.cl./2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    AS65 A Lyrical Movement
    String Orchestra
    20239 Magnificat
    16:00 3(Picc.) 2 0 0 – 4 3 0 0; Perc. Pno. Str.
    O5315 Meditations On Ecclesiastes
    String Orchestra
    20240 Meditations on Ecclesiastes
    22:00 String Orchestra
    20241 New York Profiles
    20:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    20243 A Psalm of David
    27:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    20246 Seraphic Dialogues
    25:00 1 (picc.) /1/1/1; 1-1-1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
    20247 Serenade
    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
    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
    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”)
    8:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 1 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    14942 Variants on a Bach Chorale
    25:00 3 3 3 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    20254 Variations, Chaconne and Finale
    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)
    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
    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
    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
    22:00 Solo Pno.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp./Perc. Str.
    20237 The Lamentation of Saul
    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
    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
    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
    Concert Band
    145-40023 Metaphrase
    On Lines From Shakespeare
    12:00 Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet 1 in Bb, Clarinet 2 in Bb, Clarinet 3 in Bb, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone 1 in Eb, Alto Saxophone 2 in Eb, Tenor Saxophone in Bb, Baritone Saxophone in Eb, Trumpet 1 in Bb, Trumpet 2 in Bb, Trumpet 3 in Bb, Horn 1 in F, Horn 2 in F, Horn 3 in F, Horn 4 in F, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Trombone 3, Trombone 4, Euphonium, Euphonium T.C. in Bb, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion
    20252 The Triumph of St. Joan
    Band version
    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
    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)

  • American Souvenirs AMERICAN SOUVENIRS
    Blue Violet Duo (); September 21, 2018
    Performer(s): Kate Carter, violin; Louise Chan, piano
    Work(s): Variations and Capriccio

  • 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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