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Nocturne (Nixon)

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Roger Nixon

Roger Nixon

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General Info

Year: 1966
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Galaxy Music Corporation
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $30.70


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Program Notes

A nocturne is a moderately slow night piece of dreamy, reflective contemplative character and song-like melody, the title first being used by John Field (1782-1837). Nocturne conforms to that description. It is slow in character with an initial tempo of "Andante cantabile." The dynamics range mostly from pp to mf.

Nixon's musical style combines many influence, including his study with leading twentieth-century composers, in Arnold Schoenberg, and many references to California history.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band

Nocturne was composed to the memory of Professor Frank Mancini, a leading music educator in California, and former teacher of composer Roger Nixon. Mancini, a former member of the Sousa Band, founded and directed the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. The work was first performed by the San Francisco State College Band in a memorial concert at Modesto Junior College, with the composer conducting.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


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State Ratings

  • Arkansas: IV
  • Maryland: III
  • Virginia: IV


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  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Concert Band (Michael Schaff, conductor) – 18 April 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Dabelstein, Craig. "Nocturne." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 376-382. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Nixon, R. [1966]. Nocturne, for Concert Band [score]. Galaxy Music Corp.: New York.