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Morning Concert:
Composer Roger Nixon

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 128 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

In an interview recorded on January 18, 1979, Roger Nixon joins Charles Amirkhanian in the KPFA studio to introduce a selection of his music. Nixon was born in Tulare, California, in 1921, and studied composition at the University of California with Roger Sessions, Ernest Bloch, and Arthur Bliss. He later studied privately with Arnold Schoenberg, an experience that he has very fond memories of, many of which he relates during this interview. Starting in 1960, Mr. Nixon was on the music faculty of San Francisco State University, where his students included Kent Nagano. He later served as Professor Emeritus of Music at San Francisco State University until his death in October of 2009. Nixon is perhaps best known for his compositions for concert band, a number of which are heard here. Also played in this program is his full length concerto for viola.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Festival Fanfare March, for band (ca. 1971-73) (4:57) -- Twelve Preludes, for piano (1946-77) (22:07) -- Pacifica Celebration Suite: Presidio ; Prayer ; Pageant (ca. 1976-79) (14:49)
Performers:  Philharmonia Wind Ensemble (Festival)
Yasuhiko Shiozawa, conductor (Festival)
William Corbett-Jones, piano (Preludes)
Ohio State University Concert Band (Pacifica)
Roger Nixon, conductor (Pacifica)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Nixon, Roger, 1921-; 20th century classical; Band music; Marches (Band); Piano music; Suites (Band)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Nixon, Roger, 1921-; Shiozawa, Yasuhiko; Corbett-Jones, William, 1929-
Recording Date:  1/18/1979
First Broadcast Date:  1/18/1979
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Nocturne, for symphonic wind ensemble (ca. 1965-67) (5:42) -- Fiesta del Pacifico, for symphonic band (ca. 1959-66) (8:00) -- Viola Concerto (ca. 1969-70) (29:46)
Performers:  University of Illinois Concert Band (Nocturne)
Mark Hindsley, conductor (Nocturne)
Eastman Wind Ensemble (Fiesta)
Donald Hunsberger (Fiesta)
Rolf Persinger, viola (Concerto)
San Francisco Symphony (Concerto)
Josef Krips, conductor (Concerto)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Nixon, Roger, 1921-; Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951; 20th century classical; Band music; Concertos (Viola)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Nixon, Roger, 1921-; Hindsley, Mark H. (Mark Hubert); Hunsberger, Donald; Persinger, Rolf; Krips, Josef
Recording Date:  1/18/1979
First Broadcast Date:  1/18/1979
 
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