Johan Franco

Biography: 

Born in 1908 in Holland, Johan Franco became a U.S. Citizen in 1935, soon after moving to the United States, where he settled in Virginia Beach. Franco's compositional output included five symphonies, works for piano, chorus, chamber works, theater works, solo sonatas for the violin, viola, cello, saxophone and many, perhaps hundreds of works for carillon. Two months after his death in 1988, he was honored at the GCNA Congress in Berkeley, where he had planned to play one of his works for carillon.

From Moldenhauer Archives:  Johan Henri Gustave Franco was born in Zaandam, Netherlands on July 12, 1908. The son of architect, S. Franco, and artist, Margaretha Gosschalk, who was also a singer and pianist, Johan began improvising on the piano at age four. He composed his first piece, Fantasy about Princess Erea, when he was ten and a half. He attended the Amsterdam Conservatory from 1929-1934 and studied with Dutch composer Willem Pijper for five years. During this same time period he studied law at the University of Amsterdam and then architecture and furniture design at the Kunstniverheid Institute. His First Symphony premiered in Rotterdam in 1934.

Franco arrived in the United States in 1934, and for fourteen years he lived in New York City. During World War II he served in the United States Army, and later in the Air Force. He and Eloise Bauder Lavrischeff, an author and poet, and the mother of John T. and David T. Lavrischeff, were married in Washington, D.C. on March 28, 1948. They settled in Virginia Beach, and lived there until his death on April 14, 1988.

Interview with the composer by Bruce Duffie can be found here.

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1 ADORATION (1982)
carillon

3 ALLELUIA
ttbb

4 AMEN (1969)
satb a cap

6 AMERSFOORT NOCTURNE (1977)
3 1/2 oct carillon

7 ARIA & TRIO (1987)
2 oct carillon

9 ARIEL'S 4 SONGS (1972)
high voice, gtr (or marb)

10 AS THE PROPHETS FORETOLD, a Cantata for Easter (1955)
Tenor, Bass, soloists; SATB, 3tpts, 2tbs, 4-octave carillon

11 AT THE CIRCUS (1952)
pf

12 AUSTRALIAN NOCTURNE (1984)
carillon

13 AUTUMN & THE RAINDROP ADVENTURE
child voices,pf

14 AWAKE, MY SOUL (1965)
medium voice, pf or org.

15 AWAKENING (1960)
carillon

16 BACONIANA (aka A BACONIAN OVERTURE) (1942)
3.2.3.2, 2.3.2.0, timp, perc, strings

18 BALLADE (1985)
fl,pf

19 BALLADE (1985)
al sax,(or fl)

20 BALLADE (1985)
carillon

21 THE BELLS OF ZION (1969)
3 trumpets, bells

22 THE BELLS OF ZION (1969)
carillon

23 THE BERKELEY NOCTURNE (1986)
4 oct.carillon

24 THE BLUE RIDGE NOCTURNE (1958)
carillon

25 BOK TOWER NOCTURNE (1982)
carillon

26 THE BOOK OF JOB (1967)
trumpet, org

27 BRASS QUARTET (1966)
2-1-0-1

28 BUGLE SONG (1954)
satb a cap

29 THE CALIFORNIA SUITE (1981)
carillon

30 CANBERRA FANFARE (1986)
carillon

31 CANBERRA NOCTURNE (1986)
carillon

32 CANON (1968)
carillon

33 CANTICLE(WW QNT) (1958)
1-1-1-1,HN

34 CANTICLE, for Piano (1958)
pf

35 CAPRICCIO (1961)
carillon

36 CELEBRATION (1984)
2 oct carillon

37 CELEBRATION BOK TOWER (1978)
lg.carillon

38 CHILDREN'S SUITE (1958)
carillon

39 CHORALE & CONTEMPLATION, for Brass (1965)
brs:1- 3(C)-1-0

40 CHORALE & TOCCATA NO 25 (1965)
carillon

41 CHRISTMAS CAROL (1943)
high voice, pf

42 CLODAGH (1946)
mez-sop,orch(1-1-eh-2-2,2-2-2-0, perc & timp,hp,str

43 CLODAGH, a Ballad (1946)
REDUC OF 02511,mez,pf

44 CONCERT PIECE (1940)
pf

45 CONCERTO LIRICO NO. 1 (1937)
vln,orch:1-1-2-1,0- 1-1-0,timp,perc,str,(or vln & pf)

46 CONCERTO LIRICO NO. 2 for vcl & orch (1962)
solo vcl, orch(2-2/e.hn-2/b.cl-2,2-3-1-1,3perc,hp,str. (or vcl & pf)

47 CONCERTO LIRICO NO. 3 (1967)
pf,orch(1-1-1-1,1-1- 1-1,timp,str

48 CONCERTO LIRICO No. 3 (1967)
pf pt for 09730

49 CONCERTO LIRICO No. 4. for solo perc & sm orch (1970)
perc(4timp:sn,ten,b.dr,tri,tamtam,mar,bell),sm orch(1/pic-1/e.hn-1-1,1-1-1-0,str

50 CONCERTO LIRICO No. 5 (1971)
gtr solo, cham orch(1-1-1-1,2-1-1-0,hp,perc,str

51 CONCERTO LIRICO NO. 6 (1974)
fl & cham orch(0-1- 1-1,2-1-1-0,perc,hp,str

53 CONTRAPUNCTUS 3 (1981)
carillon

54 CONTRAPUNCTUS NOS 1 & 2
lg carillon

55 CRANBROOK NOCTURNE 1 (1959)
carillon or gtr

56 CRANBROOK NOCTURNE 2 (1977)
carillon

57 CRANBROOK NOCTURNE 3 (1978)
carillon

58 CULVER CHIME & TOCCATA (XI) (1959)
carillon

59 CULVER FANFARE (1982)
carillon

60 CULVER NOCTURNE (1960)
carillon

61 THE CYCLE OF THE SEED (1982)
carillon

62 DANCE OF THE ANGELS (1985)
carillon, 4 or 2 octaves

63 DANCE SUITE (1979)
carillon

64 DIPTYCH (1972)
fl,tape

66 DIVERTIMENTO LIRICO (1980)
carillon

67 THE DOUAI CHIME (1980)
carillon

68 DOUAI NOCTURNE
carillon

69 DUKE UNIVERSITY CHIME (1986)
carillon

70 DUO LIRICO (1967)
ten tbn,pf

71 ELECTRA, Incidental Music (1971)
perc:5timp,cym,tam-tam, tambourine,moog synthesizer,tape(see comments)

73 ELEGY (In Memory of Charles Vogan) (1986)
satb (org reh only)

74 ELEGY FOR 16 BELLS (1967)
carillon

75 ELEGY for Carillon (1965)

76 ELEGY FOR ORGAN (1986)
org

77 ELEGY FOR PERCIVAL PRICE (1985)
carillon-4 oct

78 ELEGY(for Ed W Bok) (1979)
pf

79 ETUDES FOR CARILLON (I - VII) (1987)
carillon

80 FANFARE FOR BRASSES (1955)
brs:3-3-3-0

84 FANTASY FOR CELLO& ORHC (1951)
vcl,orch(pic-2-2- EH-2-BCL-2, 2-3-2-btbn,perc,str

85 FANTASY I FOR CARILLON (1954)
carillon

90 THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF SHREVEPORT CHIME (1970)
carillon-11 bells

91 THE FISK CHIME (1955)
carillon

92 FIVE MINIATURES & ENCORE (1943)
vln

94 FOOT NOTE (1947)
sop,pf

95 FOUR (DUTCH) CHILDREN SONGS (1934)
medium voice, pf

96 FOUR ESOTERIC DANCES (1970)
guitar

100 FOUR VARIATIONS & CHORALE on'Nottamun Town'
handbells (3 oct) or carillon

101 FRAN-DANCE (1981)
handbells

102 THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (1987)
mez sop&org(or pf)

103 THE GARDEN HYMN (1978)
carillon, 4 or 2 octaves

104 GLORIA (1967)
1C&2Bbtpts

106 GOD SEES FROM HEAVEN WHAT MAN DOES (1969)
pf or carillon

108 GREEN RUSHES (1945)
sop,pf

109 GUIDANCE (1980)
carillon

110 HAIL, COMING AGE! (1950)
satb

111 HAIL, COMING AGE!(Hymn) (1950)
satb,keyb

112 HAIL, THE DAWNING DAY (1965)
satb

113 HERINNERING AAN HOLLAND(Memory of Holland) (1941)
medium voice & pf

114 HERINNERING AAN HOLLAND(Memory of Holland) (1941)
medium voice & pf

115 HIS LOW DOOR (1944)
sop,pf

116 HOLD FAST TO THE SPIRIT (1972)
satb

117 HOLIDAY FOR 8 BELLS (1957)
carillon solo

119 HYMN FOR THE MEN WHO FLY (1984)
carillon

121 HYMN TO ASSURANCE (1943)
carillon

122 HYMN TO THE HEART OF JESUS (1961)
satb,pf for reh)

123 HYMN TO THE HEART OF MAN (1975)
carillon

124 HYMN TO THE SUN (1950)
carillon

125 I WANT TO PLAY STORM (1953)
children's voices, pf

127 INTERMEZZO 4 (1939)
pf

128 INTRODUCTION & THE VIRGIN QUEEN'S DREAM MONOLOGUE (for a Baconian Opera (1952)
dram sop,orch(2/picc -2/e.hn-2-b.cl-2-cbsn,2-3-3-0,vibr/b dr,cel,perc (2or3),str

129 INTRODUCTION AND SCHERZO (1939)
cl,orch:2,hn, tpt(C),tbn,pf,perc,str(or cl & pf)

130 INVOCATION OF LIGHT (1949)
medium voice, pf

131 JESU,O LAMB OF LIFE (1961)
org

132 JESUS' FLOWER GARDEN (1980)
carillon

133 L'ESPRIT DE CHALONS SUR MARNE
carillon, 4 octaves

134 LAKE WALES CHIME (1978)
carillon

135 LAKE WALES NOCTURNE (1956)
carillon

136 LAURA NOCTURNE (1977)
carillon, 4 octaves

137 LAWRENCE CHIME (1959)
carillon

138 LAWRENCE NOCTURNE (1957)
carillon

139 THE LEAVES' SECRET (1953)
children's voices, pf

140 LET OUR HEART BE OPEN (1970)
satb a cap

141 LITTLE LAMB-A CHISTMAS CAROL (1977)
sop or ten,gtr

143 LOCKSLEY HALL (1943)
msop&pf

144 THE LORD COMETH (1960)
sop&ehn,cl,bcl

145 THE LORD'S PRAYER (1948)
sop, pf

146 LULLABY OF THE SEA (1985)
carillon

147 LULLABY OF THE WIND (1985)
carillon

148 THE LURAY CHIME (1955)
carillon

149 LURAY NOCTURNE (1984)
carillon

150 MADONNA & CHILD TRIPTYCH (1981)
carillon

151 MARCHING SONG (1946)
sop,pf

152 MARCHING SONG (1946)
satb

153 MARIEMONT NOCTURNE (1976)
carillon

156 MOON MUSIC I (1973)
CARILLON

157 MOON MUSIC II (1984)
carillon

158 MOUNTAIN LAKE BARCAROLLE (1956)
carillon

159 MOUNTAIN PEAKS (1984)
carillon

160 MUSIC FOR HEALING (1951)
pf

161 MUSIC FOR THE YOUNG (1980)
carillon

162 MUSIC(MUZIEK) (1966)
medium voice, pf

163 MY SOUL HAS WINGS (1971)
satb,pf

164 MYSTERIOUS PRESENCE SOURCE OF ALL (1950)
satb,keyb

165 NIGHT FABLE (1947)
fl,pf

166 THE NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON (1939)
low voice,pf

167 NINE SONNERIES (1981)
carillon

168 NOCTURNE 1969 (1969)
carillon

169 NOCTURNE no 1 (1941)
pf

170 NOCTURNE no 1 (1941)
pf

171 NOCTURNE no 2 (1948)
pf

172 NOCTURNE no 4 (1959)
pf

173 NOCTURNE no 5 (1968)
pf

174 NORFOLK CHIME (1957)
carillon

175 NURSERY TALE (1983)
carillon

176 ODE (1968)
ttbb,symph band:fl-pic,ob-eh,Ebcl, Bbcl,bsn,3corn,4hn,4trp,2tbn,euph,tb-cb,timp, 3 perc,hp

177 ODE OF PRAISE (1965)
Fl, Pf

178 ODE OF SUPPLICATION (1961)
fl,pf

179 ODE TO SAINT ROMBOUTS (1982)
carillon

180 OLD TUNE (1939)
lw voice,pf

181 OLD WILHELMUS (1981)
carillon

182 PARTITA #3 (1950)
pf

183 PARTITA #4 (1950)
pf

184 PARTITA #5 (1951)
pf

185 PARTITA #6 for Piano (1952)
pf

189 PARTITA I FOR CARILLON (1953)
carillon

190 PARTITA II FOR CARILLON (1954)
carillon

191 PARTITA III FOR CARILLON (1954)
carillon

192 PARTITA IV FOR CARILLON (1959)
carillon

193 PARTITA IX FOR CARILLON (1971)
carillon

194 PARTITA V FOR CARILLON (1960)
carillon

195 PARTITA VI FOR CARILLON (1961)
carillon

196 PARTITA VII FOR CARILLON (1965)
carillon

197 PARTITA VIII FOR CARILLON (1970)
carillon

198 PARTITA X FOR CARILLON (1973)
carillon

199 PARTITA XI FOR CARILLON (1974)
carillon

200 Partita XII FOR CARILLON (1976)
carillon

201 PASSACAGLIA (1972)
SATB,tape

202 PASSACAGLIA (1972)
carillon

203 PASSACAGLIA (1972)
carillon,tape

204 PASSACAGLIA(SUPPLICATION) (1964)
carillon

205 PASTORALE (1957)
ob,pf

206 PASTORALE & TOCCATA GAIA (1961)
2 1/3 oct carillon

208 PERIPETIE (1935)
3/picc.3/eh.3/bcl.3/cbsn 2.3.2.1 3 timp, perc, pf, cel, str

209 PERSEVERANCE (1979)
carillon

210 PILGRIM'S PATH(PARTITA no 14) (1986)
carillon

211 PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
orchestra

213 PRAYER AT THE PORTAL (1949)
sop,pf

215 A PRAYER FOR REALIZATION (1952)
voice, pf

216 PRELUDE & BALLAD OF QUEEN DAGMAR (1980)
carillon

218 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #19 (1960)
carillon

219 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #2
carillon

221 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #30 (1972)
carillon(4 1/2 oct)

222 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #32 (1973)
carillon

223 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #33 (1974)
carillon

224 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #34 (1975)
carillon

225 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #35 (1976)
carillon

226 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #36 (1976)
4oct carillon

227 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #38 (1976)
CARILLON

228 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #39 (1977)
carillon

229 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #46 (1982)
carillon

230 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #47 (1982)
carillon

231 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #48 (1983)
carillon

232 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #50 (1983)
carillon

233 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #54 (1986)
4oct-carillon or hpschd

235 PRELUDE & TOCCATA CELESTE (1960)
carillon

236 PRELUDE & TOCCATA CERCANTE #23 (1963)
carillon

237 PRELUDE & TOCCATA COSTANTE #20
car, 2 1/2 oct

238 PRELUDE & TOCCATA DI NATALE #22 (1963)
carillon

239 PRELUDE & TOCCATA ESPERANZOSA #16 (1960)
carillon

240 PRELUDE & TOCCATA FELICE (1962)
carillon,3 oct

241 PRELUDE & TOCCATA FESTIVA (1959)
carillon

242 PRELUDE & TOCCATA GIOCOSO (1959)
carillon

243 PRELUDE & TOCCATA GIUBILANTE (#26) (1969)
carillon, 4 1/2 oct

244 PRELUDE & TOCCATA PASTORALE (1959)
carillon

245 PRELUDE, CANON & GLORIA (1968)
4rec

247 PRELUDIO E TOCCATA PROCLAMANTE (1964)
car,2oct

249 PROCESSIONAL (1979)
org

251 PROFESSIONAL TOAST (1970)
medium voice, pf

253 PRONUNCIAMENTO (1966)
carillon

254 PROPHESY FROM LOCKSLEY HALL (1943)
solo voice with fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, tpt, strings

255 PROPHETIC PRELUDE & TOCCATA #42 (1980)
carillon

256 PSALM
ten,bs a cap

257 PSALM (for Brasses & Harp) (1965)
3tpt,1hn, tbn,hp

258 PSALM 126 (1943)
mez sop(or ten),women's chor,org

259 PSALM 98 (1964)
satb,hp,pf

260 PSALM: MY NEW DAY IS DAWNING (1964)
medium voice, pf

261 QUESTING-REVEALING-ENFOLDING (1968)
carillon

262 THE QUIZ (1985)
carillon,4oct

263 RAINBOW BRIDGE NOCTURNE (1957)
carillon

264 REALITY (1985)
carillon,4oct

265 REDEMPTION (1959)
carillon or gtr or pf

267 REFLECTIONS (1961)
carillon

269 REVELATION (1961)
carillon

270 RHAPSODY (1968)
fl or al rec,pf

271 RIVERSIDE CHIME & TOCCATA(#17) (1960)
carillon

272 ROMANS BY ST PAUL(inc mus for dramatic cantata) (1963)
satb,solo carillon

273 RONDO BICENTENNIAL (1975)
pf

274 RONDO CAPRICIOSO (1953)
carillon

275 SAYINGS OF THE WORD (1968)
mez sop, pf

276 SEASONS (A suite of 4 Nocturnes) (1979)
carillon

278 SEVEN EPIGRAMS for Woodwind Quintet (1932)
1-1-1-1- hn

279 SEVEN POEMS UNDER A TREE (1940)
voice, pf

280 SEVEN SONGLETS (1963)
ssa,pf

281 THE SHROUD OF TURIN (1984)
medium voice, pf

282 SINFONIA (1932)
chamber orch: 1111, alto sax, 1110, 2 timp, perc, strings

283 SIX BAGATELLES (1970)
gtr

286 SONATA FOR CARILLON (1963)
car

287 SONATA FOR GUITAR (1963)
gtr

288 SONATA FOR VIOLA SOLO (1951)
vla

293 SONATA A TRE (1935)
fl,cl,bsn

295 SONATINA FOR FLUTE & VIOLA (1949)
fl,vla

296 SONATINA FOR PIANO (1931)
pf

297 SONATINA FOR VIOLIN & VIOLA (1962)
vln,vla

298 THE SONG OF LIFE (1960)
satb or high voice & pf( 0r e.hn,cl,b.cl)

299 SONG TO BE SUNG IN A JUNE TWILIGHT (1950)
medium voice, pf

300 SONNET,for Sop & Str Quartet (1954)
sop,2-1-1

301 SPANISH IS THE LOVING TONGUE (1968)
carillon

302 SPIRIT OF THE SEA (1960)
carillon

303 THE SPIRIT QUICKENETH (1959)
mez sop,satb a cap

304 STAR OF LOVE (1963)
satb a cap

305 STAR OF LOVE (1963)
org

306 THE STARS LOOK DOWN (An Oratorio for Christmas) (1957)
5soli+satbb,boys choir,orch:2/pic-2/e.hn-2-2,3- 3-2-0,timp,hp,str or voc & pf

307 THE STORY-TELLER (1939)
medium voice, pf

308 STRING QUARTET no 3 (1949)

309 STRING QUARTET no 4 (1950)
2/1/2001

310 STRING QUARTET no 5 (1953)
2/1/2001

311 SUITE AGRESTE (1954)
hp

312 SUITE FOR PIANO (1950)
pf

313 SUITE FOR STRING ORCHESTRA (1945)
2-1-1-1

314 SUITE FOR THREE RECORDERS (1967)
sop,ten,gt.b

315 SUITE FOR VIOLIN & PIANO (1946)
vln,pf

316 SUITE from ROMANS BY ST PAUL (1963)
carillon

319 SUITE OF OLD DUTCH FOLK SONGS (1954)
carillon

321 SUITE PASTORALE (1962)
carillon

322 SUNRISE AT SEA (1952)
pf

323 SUPPLICATION,REVELATION & TRIUMPH(15min,1961-67) (1964)
orch(2-2(e.hn)-2-2,4-3-2-1,2perc,hp,str

324 SWIRLING (1986)
fl

325 SYMPHONY no 4
ten solo,orch(pic-2-2-e.hn- 2-b.cl-2(cbsn),2-2-2(b.tbn or tb),hp,cel,str)

326 SYMPHONY No. 1 (1933)
3.2.ehn.2.2, alto sax, 2.2.2.1, 3 timp, 2 perc, pf, strings

327 THE TEMPEST (inc mus) (1972)
sop,hpschd,mar,cel, perc & elec montages

328 THEME & VARIATIONS (1977)
carillon

330 THERE'S A GARDEN IN ANTRIM IS LONELY TONIGHT (1945)
medium voice, pf

331 THREE FLUTERIES (1961)
3fl

332 THREE INTERMEZZI
pf four-hands

335 THREE JEWELS (GIOIELLO) (1982)
carillon

336 THREE NOCTURNES (1976)
carillon

337 THREE PIANO SKETCHES (1954)
pf

339 THRENODY (1986)
carillon

340 TIBETAN TUNE (1984)
handbells or carillon

341 TILL THE OLD CAT DIES (1952)
2 voices (children or women),or med vc & pf

342 TOCCATA (1951)
pf

344 TOCCATA 4 (for Carillon) (1955)
carillon

345 TOCCATA 6 (for Carillon) (1955)
carillon

346 TOCCATA 7 (for Carillon) (1955)
carillon

348 TOURCOING NOCTURNE (1976)
4-oct carillon

350 THE TRAVELER (Partita 13) (1984)
carillon

351 TRIO FOR FLUTE,CELLO & HARP (1959)
fl,vcl,hp

352 TRITTICO CAPRICCIOSO (1975)
al sax,tape

353 TWELVE MINIATURES(for Carillon) (1976)
carillon

354 TWELVE PRELUDES (1975)
pf

355 TWELVE WORDS (1965)
bar or contr, pf

356 TWO ANTHEMS (1960)
satb

357 TWO BOIDES
fl & pf or org.

358 TWO CHRISTMAS CAROLS (1954)
satb,org/elec caril

359 TWO DUETS (1973)
Mezzo or Baritone, flute

360 TWO DUETS FOR CHILDREN (1970)
sa,a cap

361 TWO PIECES FOR PIANO (1948)
pf

363 TWO SHAKESPEARE SONNETS (1943)
contr or bar,pf

364 TWO SHAKESPEARE SONNETS (1943)
sop or ten, pf

365 TWO WEDDING SONGS (1984)
fl

366 UN TOUR DU CLOITRE (1978)
carillon

368 UNDER THE SHADE OF THE SYCAMORE TREE (1949)
mezzo sop,pf

369 UNDER THE SHADE OF THE SYCAMORE TREE (1949)
medium voice, pf

371 UNIV OF CAL CHIME(BERKELEY) (1955)
carillon, 12bls

374 UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN (1985)
carillon,4 oct

375 VALLEY FORGE FANFARE (1956)
carillon

378 THE VINCENT VAN GOGH SUITE (1980)
carillon

379 THE WAKE FOREST SUITE (1979)
carillon

380 THE WATER-GO-ROUND (1974)
chorus, medium, high voices

381 THE WAYS OF WATER (1978)
carillon

382 WHEN FRIENDLY DEATH SHALL GRASP MY HAND (1967)
voice (bar), pf

383 WHEN I WAS BORN (1948)
sop,pf

384 WHEN I WAS BORN (1948)
low voice, pf

385 WONDER-ANTICIPATION-CULMINATION (1981)
carillon

386 THE WORD CAME FORTH (1977)
medium voice, pf

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