Franco, Johan (Henri Gustav)

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Franco, Johan (Henri Gustav)

Franco, Johan (Henri Gustav), Dutch-born American composer; b. Zaandam, July 12, 1908; d. Virginia Beach, Va., April 14, 1988. After studies at the Amsterdam Cons. (1929–34), he emigrated to the U.S. and in 1942 became a naturalized American citizen.


ORCH 5 syms. (1933,1939,1940,1950,1958); 5 “concertos liricos”: No. 1 for Violin and Chamber Orch. (1937), No. 2 for Cello and Orch. (1962), No. 3 for Piano and Chamber Orch. (1967), No. 4 for Percussion and Chamber Orch. (1970), and No. 5 for Guitar and Chamber Orch. (1973); Violin Concerto (Brussels, Dec. 6, 1939); Serenata concertante for Piano and Chamber Orch. (N.Y, March 11, 1940); Fantasy for Cello and Orch. (1951). CHAMBER: 6 string quartets (1931–60); Violin Sonata (1965); piano pieces; numerous carillon pieces. OTHER: Many vocal works; incidental music.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire