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

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

5 ARIA & TRIO (1987)
2 oct carillon

6 AT THE CIRCUS (1952)
pf

7 AUSTRALIAN NOCTURNE (1984)
carillon

8 AWAKENING (1960)
carillon

10 BALLADE (1985)
carillon

11 THE BELLS OF ZION (1969)
carillon

12 THE BERKELEY NOCTURNE (1986)
4 oct.carillon

13 THE BLUE RIDGE NOCTURNE (1958)
carillon

14 BOK TOWER NOCTURNE (1982)
carillon

15 THE CALIFORNIA SUITE (1981)
carillon

16 CANBERRA FANFARE (1986)
carillon

17 CANBERRA NOCTURNE (1986)
carillon

18 CANON (1968)
carillon

19 CANTICLE, for Piano (1958)
pf

20 CAPRICCIO (1961)
carillon

21 CELEBRATION (1984)
2 oct carillon

22 CELEBRATION BOK TOWER (1978)
lg.carillon

23 CHILDREN'S SUITE (1958)
carillon

24 CHORALE & TOCCATA NO 25 (1965)
carillon

25 CONCERT PIECE (1940)
pf

27 CONTRAPUNCTUS 3 (1981)
carillon

28 CONTRAPUNCTUS NOS 1 & 2
lg carillon

29 CRANBROOK NOCTURNE 1 (1959)
carillon or gtr

30 CRANBROOK NOCTURNE 2 (1977)
carillon

31 CRANBROOK NOCTURNE 3 (1978)
carillon

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

33 CULVER FANFARE (1982)
carillon

34 CULVER NOCTURNE (1960)
carillon

35 THE CYCLE OF THE SEED (1982)
carillon

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

37 DANCE SUITE (1979)
carillon

38 DIVERTIMENTO LIRICO (1980)
carillon

39 THE DOUAI CHIME (1980)
carillon

40 DOUAI NOCTURNE
carillon

41 DUKE UNIVERSITY CHIME (1986)
carillon

43 ELEGY FOR 16 BELLS (1967)
carillon

44 ELEGY for Carillon (1965)

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

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

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

50 FANTASY I FOR CARILLON (1954)
carillon

55 THE FISK CHIME (1955)
carillon

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

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

58 GUIDANCE (1980)
carillon

59 HOLIDAY FOR 8 BELLS (1957)
carillon solo

60 HYMN FOR THE MEN WHO FLY (1984)
carillon

61 HYMN TO ASSURANCE (1943)
carillon

62 HYMN TO THE HEART OF MAN (1975)
carillon

63 HYMN TO THE SUN (1950)
carillon

65 INTERMEZZO 4 (1939)
pf

66 JESUS' FLOWER GARDEN (1980)
carillon

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

68 LAKE WALES CHIME (1978)
carillon

69 LAKE WALES NOCTURNE (1956)
carillon

70 LAURA NOCTURNE (1977)
carillon, 4 octaves

71 LAWRENCE CHIME (1959)
carillon

72 LAWRENCE NOCTURNE (1957)
carillon

73 LULLABY OF THE SEA (1985)
carillon

74 LULLABY OF THE WIND (1985)
carillon

75 THE LURAY CHIME (1955)
carillon

76 LURAY NOCTURNE (1984)
carillon

77 MADONNA & CHILD TRIPTYCH (1981)
carillon

78 MARIEMONT NOCTURNE (1976)
carillon

80 MOON MUSIC I (1973)
CARILLON

81 MOON MUSIC II (1984)
carillon

82 MOUNTAIN LAKE BARCAROLLE (1956)
carillon

83 MOUNTAIN PEAKS (1984)
carillon

84 MUSIC FOR HEALING (1951)
pf

85 MUSIC FOR THE YOUNG (1980)
carillon

86 NINE SONNERIES (1981)
carillon

87 NOCTURNE 1969 (1969)
carillon

88 NOCTURNE no 1 (1941)
pf

89 NOCTURNE no 1 (1941)
pf

90 NOCTURNE no 2 (1948)
pf

91 NOCTURNE no 4 (1959)
pf

92 NOCTURNE no 5 (1968)
pf

93 NORFOLK CHIME (1957)
carillon

94 NURSERY TALE (1983)
carillon

95 ODE TO SAINT ROMBOUTS (1982)
carillon

96 OLD WILHELMUS (1981)
carillon

97 PARTITA #3 (1950)
pf

98 PARTITA #4 (1950)
pf

99 PARTITA #5 (1951)
pf

100 PARTITA #6 for Piano (1952)
pf

104 PARTITA I FOR CARILLON (1953)
carillon

105 PARTITA II FOR CARILLON (1954)
carillon

106 PARTITA III FOR CARILLON (1954)
carillon

107 PARTITA IV FOR CARILLON (1959)
carillon

108 PARTITA IX FOR CARILLON (1971)
carillon

109 PARTITA V FOR CARILLON (1960)
carillon

110 PARTITA VI FOR CARILLON (1961)
carillon

111 PARTITA VII FOR CARILLON (1965)
carillon

112 PARTITA VIII FOR CARILLON (1970)
carillon

113 PARTITA X FOR CARILLON (1973)
carillon

114 PARTITA XI FOR CARILLON (1974)
carillon

115 Partita XII FOR CARILLON (1976)
carillon

116 PASSACAGLIA (1972)
carillon

117 PASSACAGLIA (1972)
carillon,tape

118 PASSACAGLIA(SUPPLICATION) (1964)
carillon

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

121 PERSEVERANCE (1979)
carillon

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

125 PRELUDE & BALLAD OF QUEEN DAGMAR (1980)
carillon

127 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #19 (1960)
carillon

128 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #2
carillon

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

131 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #32 (1973)
carillon

132 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #33 (1974)
carillon

133 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #34 (1975)
carillon

134 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #35 (1976)
carillon

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

136 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #38 (1976)
CARILLON

137 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #39 (1977)
carillon

138 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #46 (1982)
carillon

139 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #47 (1982)
carillon

140 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #48 (1983)
carillon

141 PRELUDE & TOCCATA #50 (1983)
carillon

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

144 PRELUDE & TOCCATA CELESTE (1960)
carillon

145 PRELUDE & TOCCATA CERCANTE #23 (1963)
carillon

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

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

148 PRELUDE & TOCCATA ESPERANZOSA #16 (1960)
carillon

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

150 PRELUDE & TOCCATA FESTIVA (1959)
carillon

151 PRELUDE & TOCCATA GIOCOSO (1959)
carillon

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

153 PRELUDE & TOCCATA PASTORALE (1959)
carillon

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

156 PRONUNCIAMENTO (1966)
carillon

157 QUESTING-REVEALING-ENFOLDING (1968)
carillon

158 THE QUIZ (1985)
carillon,4oct

159 RAINBOW BRIDGE NOCTURNE (1957)
carillon

160 REALITY (1985)
carillon,4oct

161 REDEMPTION (1959)
carillon or gtr or pf

163 REFLECTIONS (1961)
carillon

165 REVELATION (1961)
carillon

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

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

168 RONDO BICENTENNIAL (1975)
pf

169 RONDO CAPRICIOSO (1953)
carillon

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

172 SONATA FOR CARILLON (1963)
car

174 SONATINA FOR PIANO (1931)
pf

175 SPANISH IS THE LOVING TONGUE (1968)
carillon

176 SPIRIT OF THE SEA (1960)
carillon

177 SUITE FOR PIANO (1950)
pf

178 SUITE from ROMANS BY ST PAUL (1963)
carillon

180 SUITE OF OLD DUTCH FOLK SONGS (1954)
carillon

181 SUITE PASTORALE (1962)
carillon

182 SUNRISE AT SEA (1952)
pf

183 THEME & VARIATIONS (1977)
carillon

185 THREE JEWELS (GIOIELLO) (1982)
carillon

186 THREE NOCTURNES (1976)
carillon

187 THREE PIANO SKETCHES (1954)
pf

189 THRENODY (1986)
carillon

190 TIBETAN TUNE (1984)
handbells or carillon

191 TOCCATA (1951)
pf

193 TOCCATA 4 (for Carillon) (1955)
carillon

194 TOCCATA 6 (for Carillon) (1955)
carillon

195 TOCCATA 7 (for Carillon) (1955)
carillon

197 TOURCOING NOCTURNE (1976)
4-oct carillon

199 THE TRAVELER (Partita 13) (1984)
carillon

200 TWELVE MINIATURES(for Carillon) (1976)
carillon

201 TWELVE PRELUDES (1975)
pf

202 TWO PIECES FOR PIANO (1948)
pf

203 UN TOUR DU CLOITRE (1978)
carillon

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

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

209 VALLEY FORGE FANFARE (1956)
carillon

212 THE VINCENT VAN GOGH SUITE (1980)
carillon

213 THE WAKE FOREST SUITE (1979)
carillon

214 THE WAYS OF WATER (1978)
carillon

215 WONDER-ANTICIPATION-CULMINATION (1981)
carillon

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

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