Norman Dello Joio

Biography

Born: January 24, 1913; New York, NY   Died: July 24, 2008  
First active as a professional musician in 1927, composer Norman Dello Joio remained a prominent figure on the American landscape at the turn of the next century. A delicate understanding of musical craft as well as an honest, accessible musical language earned him many critical successes and the gratitude of countless audiences, though at times he was rejected by the musical establishment (thinking him to be too accessible to be taken as a Read more serious composer).

Dello Joio's father and godfather were both skilled organists who took it in hand to train the boy on the instrument. At 14, Dello Joio's skill had developed enough to earn him a position at the Star of the Sea Church in New York, where constant exposure to traditional Catholic liturgical music made a lasting impression on the young musician. After attending All Hallow's Institute from 1926 to 1930 and the College of the City of New York from 1932 to 1934 Dello Joio sought more serious musical training at the Institute of Musical Art (1936) and at the Juilliard School (1939-1941). Brief studies with Hindemith in 1941 (at Tanglewood and Yale University) were vital in shaping Dello Joio's compositional outlook.

Throughout his long career Dello Joio held numerous faculty appointments (including positions at Sarah Lawrence College, the Mannes College of Music, and Boston University) and was the recipient of many scholarly honors (including a Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for his string orchestra work Meditations on Ecclesiastes and two Guggenheim fellowships).

Encouraged by Hindemith to shape his compositional identity to suit those influences which compelled him in the most natural way, Dello Joio developed a musical language which effectively synthesizes the worlds of Italian opera, liturgical music, and jazz. While he was sometimes charged with being overly theatrical in his musical gestures, Dello Joio's music never resorts to garishness or overindulgence (as does the music of a great many other "accessible" composers), and it seems likely that a good number of his pieces (such as the Meditations or the second version of the opera The Triumph of St. Joan, 1959) will continue to occupy a place in the repertoire. Read less

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Norman Dello Joio


MOST POPULAR WORKS
Aria
Toccata
No. 1. Preludio
No. 2. Arietta
No. 3. Caccia
No. 4. Chorale
No. 5. Giga
Introduction and Chorale: Maestoso
Fantasy I: Andante
Fantasy II: Allegro con fuoco
Fantasy III: Andantino
Fantasy IV: Allegro assai, scherzevole
No. 5. The Village Church
No. 1. Boat Song
No. 2. Prayer of the Matador
No. 3. Street Cries
No. 4. Night Song
No. 6. Russian Dancer
I. Allegretto deciso
II. Andante amabile
III. Allegro moderato e grazioso
IV. Allegro scherzando
No. 1. Fourths and Fifths
No. 2. Thirds
No. 3. Seconds
No. 4. Sixths
No. 5. Sevenths
No. 6. Octaves and Unisons
I. Theme and variations
II. Presto e leggiero
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro vivo e ritmico
I. Moderate
II. Bright
III. Calm
IV. Moderate, fast with ferocity
Introduction and Theme
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
WORKS
Aria
Toccata
No. 1. O, Come All Ye Faithful
No. 2. The Holy Infant's Lullaby
No. 3. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
No. 4. A Christmas Carol
No. 5. Silent Night
No. 6. Bright Star
No. 7. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Theme: Andante amabile
Variant 1: Andantino
Variant 2: Andante moderato
Variant 3: Allegro, molto animato
Variant 4: Lento funebre
Variant 5: Allegro, molto animato
I. Adagio con molto sentimento - Leggiero e soave - Adagio del principio
II. Theme: Andante semplice - Variations
No. 1. Preludio
No. 2. Arietta
No. 3. Caccia
No. 4. Chorale
No. 5. Giga
No. 1. Family Meeting
No. 2. Play Time
No. 3. Story Time
No. 4. Prayer Time
No. 5. Bed Time
No. 1. Cortege
No. 2. Promenade
No. 3. Day Dreams
No. 4. The Ballerina
No. 5. The Dancing Sergeant
Introduction and Chorale: Maestoso
Fantasy I: Andante
Fantasy II: Allegro con fuoco
Fantasy III: Andantino
Fantasy IV: Allegro assai, scherzevole
No. 5. The Village Church
No. 1. Boat Song
No. 2. Prayer of the Matador
No. 3. Street Cries
No. 4. Night Song
No. 6. Russian Dancer
I. Allegretto deciso
II. Andante amabile
III. Allegro moderato e grazioso
IV. Allegro scherzando
No. 1. Fourths and Fifths
No. 2. Thirds
No. 3. Seconds
No. 4. Sixths
No. 5. Sevenths
No. 6. Octaves and Unisons
No. 1. -
No. 2. -
No. 3. -
I. Theme and variations
II. Presto e leggiero
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro vivo e ritmico
I. The Actor
II. The Writer
III. The Singer
IV. The Dancer
I. Moderate
II. Bright
III. Calm
IV. Moderate, fast with ferocity
I. Mountain Melody
II. Invention
III. Little Sister
IV. Little Brother
V. Lullaby
VI. Echoes
VII. Bagatelle
VIII. A Sad Tale
IX. Small Fry
X. Chorale Chant
I. The Portals
II. Children's Gallery
III. The Kings of France
IV. The Nativity Paintings
V. Finale
Introduction and Theme
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5


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