Franco, Johan

1908 - 1988


Johan Franco (1908-1988) b. Zaandam, Netherlands on July 12, 1908; became a naturalized citizen in 1942; arrived in the United States in 1934, and for fourteen years lived in New York City; served in the United States Army during WWII, and later in the Air Force. Compositions include: 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. Honored at the GCNA Congress in Berkeley.

Son of architect, S. Franco, and artist/singer/pianist, Margaretha Gosschalk; started improvising piano four years of age. First piece composed was: “Fantasy about Princess Erea” at ten years old. Attended the Amsterdam Conservatory from 1929-1934; studied with Dutch composer Willem Pijper for five years. Studied law at the University of Amsterdam, and architecture and furniture design at the Kunstniverheid Institute. His First Symphony premiered in Rotterdam in 1934. Married Eloise Bauder Lavrischeff, an author and poet, in Washington, D.C. on March 28, 1948. They settled in Virginia Beach, and lived there until his death on April 14, 1988.

Forum Year

Title

1955

Scene de Ballet

Composition Date
score
recording

1963

Two Anthems

Composition Date 1960
score I Powers, OK
recording

1950

Introduction and the “Virgin Queen’s” Dream Monologue

Composition Date
score 27 Jul 59 EU587079
recording Composers Recordings Inc. 1958 CRI - 124 link

1953

Introduction and the “Virgin Queen’s” Dream Monologue

Composition Date
score 27 Jul 59 EU587079
recording Composers Recordings Inc. 1958 CRI - 124

1956

Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra

Composition Date 1951
score Located in the Norfolk (VA) Public Library, call number: MS 7.3 FRA
recording

1956

Alla Marcia (dedicated to the Composer's Forum of the University of Alabama)

Composition Date 1937
score Located at the Vanderbilt University Jean and Alexander Heard Library
recording

1964

Star of Love (Eloise Franco)

Composition Date 1963
score American Composer’s Alliance, 1963
recording

1959

Canticle for Woodwind Quintet

Composition Date 1958
score OCLC number 45401409
recording

1960

Suite for String Orchestra

Composition Date 1945
score
recording

Teachers

Pijper, Willem
Van Lier, Bertus