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Songs of Abelard

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Norman Dello Joio

Norman Dello Joio

General Info

Year: 1969
Duration: 15:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edward B. Marks Music
Cost: Score & Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $20.00   |   Vocal Score - $6.00


Full Score
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (2)
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone

Voice (optional, Baritone or Mezzo-Soprano)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The composition is a symphonic synthesis culled from the music of "Time of Snow," a dance score choreographed by Martha Graham. Its three movements are the dramatic and tragic musical expression of the Abelard and Heloise legend. The text for the vocal solos is based on poetic material from the mediaeval period in which the events of this compelling love story took place in Paris.

The early twelfth century romance between the foremost scholar of his day and the niece of a canon of the Notre Dame Cathedral, which stunned the academic and clerical world at the time, is still recalled in an inscription upon a small house on the Isle de La Cite:

Heloise, Abelard lived here.
Sincere lovers. Precious models.
The year 1118.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


  • University of Richmond (Va.) Wind Ensemble (Kara Harman, mezzo-soprano) - 18 November 2019
  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Concert Band (Janice Paterson, mezzo-soprano) - 23 October 1993

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Dello Joio, N. [1969]. Songs of Abelard: For Band and Voice (optional) [score]. Marks Music Corp.: New York.