Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scenes from the Louvre

Norman Dello Joio was no stranger to New England and Boston, serving as Dean of the School for the Arts at Boston University from 1972 to 1979. Scenes from the Louvre (originally written for orchestra to accompany an NBC television special focusing on the Paris musem, depicting the development of the Louvre’s construction during the Renaissance), won Dello Joio an Emmy in 1965. The concert band version was commissioned by the Baldwin-Wallace Symphonic band and was premiered in 1966, with the composer conducting. The suite of five movements authentically captures the Renaissance music style and character, often showing the composer’s technique of variation with a clear formal structure. Dello Joio was a major contributor to original contemporary band works, with Scenes and other works for band widely acknowledged as a cornerstone in the band literature. (Source: JRO)

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