Norman Dello Joio is one of those composers you might know depending on your background. Sing choral music? You might know him from A Jubilant Song. Play in band? You might have performed his Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn. He was accomplished and prolific composer, but we did not know his Pulitzer winning Meditations on Ecclesiastes before this episode. Join Dave and Andrew as they explore if it fits into the list of winners in the 1950s or is an outlier.

If you want to know more about Dello Joio, we recommend:

  1. Dello Joio's website (which was last updated in 2009, but still has useful documentation on his life and career)
  2. Edward Downes's article "The Music of Norman Dello Joio" in
    The Musical Quarterly Vol. 48, No. 2 (April, 1962): 149-172.
  3. Ann Meyer's interview with Norman Dello Joio published inĀ Music Educators Journal Vol 74, Issue 2 (1987): 53-56.