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Pacific Celebration Suite

From Wind Repertory Project
Roger Nixon

Roger Nixon


General Info

Year: 1976 / 1979
Duration: c. 14:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Movements

1. Parade - 4:05
2. Prayer - 3:55
3. Pageant - 7:10


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Low Snare Drum
  • Medium Snare Drum
  • High Snare Drum
  • Cymbals


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Pacific Celebration Suite was composed in commemoration of the bicentennial of the community of San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Presidio and the Mission San Francisco de Asis (Mission Dolores) were established while California was Spanish territory. Subsequently, beside a shallow cove inside the Golden Gate, colonists settled the pueblo of Yerba Buena, forerunner of the city of San Francisco. Pacific Celebration Suite embodies a good deal of imagery related to these events and, in a sense, the work might be considered a tonal fresco.

The first movement, Parade, is a fanfare-march which embodies some of the imagery and spirit of the San Francisco Presidio, with soldiers, horses, and weapons on parade during the Old Spanish Days of California.

The mood of the second movement, Prayer, is that of prayerful meditation, within the sanctuary of Mission Dolores.

Images associated with the musical ideas of the third movement, Pageant, include Spanish conquistadors, soldiers riding and marching, children playing in the pueblo of Yerba Buena, lovely señoritas and señoras, horsemen, etc. Extensive thematic metamorphosis and variation techniques are employed within a formal outline of a variant of the rondo, so that the thematic ideas (and motives delivered from them) are found in a considerable number of musical contexts involving differing relationships and juxtapositions. The imagery is thus enriched and may vary widely with listeners: 'desires and capacities for making associations. The movement culminates in a cumulative gesture of energetic triumph.

The support of this work by the National Endowment for the Arts Composer/Librettist Program is gratefully acknowledged.

- Program Note by the Westlake High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 21 December 2013


Commercial Discography


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State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Minnesota: III
  • New York: Concert Band 6
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Tennessee: VI. Complete
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Berz, William. "Pacific Celebration Suite." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 976-988. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Nixon, R. (1976). Pacific Celebration Suite [score]. Kjos West: San Diego, Calif.