Dello Joio, Norman

AMQS from his 1969 composition, “Mass for Mixed Chorus, Brass, and Organ”

Price: $85.00

Description:
(1913-2008) Italian-American composer, began his musical career as organist and choir director at the Star of the Sea Church on City Island in New York at 14. His father was an organist, pianist, and vocal coach and coached many opera stars from the Metropolitan Opera. In his teens, Norman began studying organ with his godfather, Pietro Yon, organist at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. In 1939, he received a scholarship to the Juilliard School, studying composition with Bernard Wagenaar. While a student, he was organist at St. Anne's Church, but decided he didn't want to make his living as an organist. In 1941, he began studying with Paul Hindemith. By the late 40s, he was already a foremost American composer, a prolific composer in a variety of genres, but perhaps best known for his choral music. Perhaps his most famous work in the wind ensemble category is his “Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn”, composed for the Michigan State University Wind Ensemble and performed across the world. He wrote several pieces for high school and professional string orchestra, including “Choreography: Three Dances for String Orchestra”. In 1948 he became associated with dancer Martha Graham, for whom he wrote several works, including “Diversion of Angels and Seraphic Dialogue”, a re-composition for chamber orchestra of his “Symphony: The Triumph of Saint Joan.” He won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his “Meditations on Ecclesiastes”; first performed at the Juilliard School in 1956. His “Variations, Chaconne and Finale” (an orchestral version of his “Piano Sonata No. 1”) won the New York Critics Circle Award in 1948. In 1965, Dello Joio received an Emmy for his score to the 1964 NBC TV special "The Louvre." He created a 5 movement suite for wind band entitled “Scenes from ‘The Louvre’” commissioned by Baldwin-Wallace College for their symphonic band. It premiered on March 13, 1966 with the composer conducting. He taught at Sarah Lawrence College 1944-50, and at the Mannes College of Music. He also served as professor and dean at Boston University's College of Fine Arts. AMQS from his “Mass”, with measures for choir (with lyrics “Glo-ry to God on the high-est-“) and organ on 3 ½ x 5 card. Undated.

Condition: Very good
Type:AMQS






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