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Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn

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Norman Dello Joio

Norman Dello Joio

General Info

Year: 1968
Duration: 13:20
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Edward Marks Music Corp.
Cost: Score & Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $7.50

Movements (played without pause)

1. Theme: Allegro scherzando - 1 :40
2. Fantasy I: Lo stesso tempo - 2:25
3. Fantasy II: Adagio - 5:10
4. Fantasy III: Allegro, molto spiritoso 3:45


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (8 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (suspended, crash)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tubular Bells
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work for band is based on a theme from a composition for piano by Franz Joseph Haydn. The subtly conceived theme, I concluded, offered an opportunity to fantasize in the musical language of today.

The three movements are a constantly varied examination of Haydn's basic idea. The bubbling humor of the first and third fantasies flank a second which is intensely lyric. In the final sense, it is my homage to a composer who will always remain contemporary.

This work was commissioned by the MSBOA and dedicated to Mr. Leonard Falcone, Director of Bands at Michigan State University, upon his retirement, in recognition of devoted service to music, to education, and to his colleagues.

- Program Note by Norman Dello Joio

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Texas: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Anthony Messina, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (William Petersen, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • California State University Northridge Wind Ensemble (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • Cincinnati (Ohio) Youth Wind Ensemble – 29 April 2019
  • Capital Region Wind Ensemble (Schenectady, N.Y.) (Brett Wery, conductor) – 24 March 2019
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (James Colonna, conductor) – 28 February 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Joshua Gall, conductor) – 27 February 2019
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Concert Band (Joshua Roach, conductor) – 14 November 2018
  • St. Louis (Mo.) Wind Symphony (Thomas Poshak, conductor) - 11 November 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside Community Band (Laura Rexroth, conductor) – 18 October 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 16 March 2018
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell Wind Ensemble (Dan Lutz, conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 10 April 2017
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 2 March 2017
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 7 February 2017
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (John T. Madden, conductor) – 1 December 2016
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 12 October 2016
  • State University of New York (Potsdam) Crane Concert Band (James Madeja, conductor) – 18 November 2015
  • Appalachian Symphony Band (Boone, NC) ( Kevin Grey Richardson, conductor) – 5 October 2015

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Fonder, Mark. (2003, September). “The Haydn Variations endure as Norman Dello Joio turns 90.” The Instrumentalist 58(2), 19-22, 27-28. [Includes errata]
  • Lutch, Mitchell. (2003). "Norman Dello Joio." In: A Composer's Insight, Volume 2. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Publications. pp. 16–38.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 645-650.