A descendent of three generations of Italian organists, Norman Dello Joio grew up in New York City surrounded by musicians and music in his home. He began working as a church organist and choirmaster at the age of 12 and later studied at Juilliard, Tanglewood and the Yale School of Music. Besides teaching, he is a prolific composer, with works for chorus, orchestra and band, along with many solo pieces. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 and an Emmy Award for The Louvre in 1965.

Scenes from The Louvre is derived from the original score of an NBC television special about the museum that aired in 1964. It covers the period of the museum's development during the Renaissance, with each movement based on themes of Renaissance composers. --James Huff 23:19, March 28, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)