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Norman Dello Joio
1913 - 2008
United States of America, NY
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N. Dello Joio
Norman Dello Joio -real name: Nicodemo DeGioio- (24/01/1913 24/07/2008), an American composer whose output spanned over half a century, and won a Pulitzer in 1957. Dello Joio was born Nicodemo DeGioio in New York City to Italian immigrants. He began his musical career as organist and choir director at the Star of the Sea Church on City Island in New York at age 14. His father was an organist, pianist, and vocal coach and coached many opera stars from the Metropolitan Opera.[citation needed] He taught Norman piano starting at the age of four. In his teens, Norman began studying organ with his godfather, Pietro Yon, who was the organist at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. In 1939, he received a scholarship to the Juilliard School, where he studied composition with Bernard Wagenaar.
A requiem - When I am dead my dearest
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1947
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
"Madrigal", published 1947, for SATB chorus and piano.
When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.

Christina Rossetti
(from Goblin Market and other Poems, published 1862)
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Chr. Rossetti
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