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Nocturne (from Pendulum)

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Nocturne is a short, simple chorale, using an impromptu melody I wrote on a napkin during Paul Bryan’s 98th birthday party in March, 2018. “PB,” as he is known to his friends, is the former director of the Duke University Wind Symphony, a noted musicologist, and still plays his Euphonium every day. During his tenure at Duke (1954-1987), he commissioned Giannini’s Symphony No. 3, Dello Joio’s Variants on a Medieaval Tune, and Persichetti’s So Pure the Star, among other works. He also once had Percy Grainger to Duke as a guest composer.

Nocturne is the second movement of my larger work, Pendulum, commissioned by a consortium led by the University of Illinois Bands Program in celebration of its 150th anniversary.

More info about Pendulum and its movements:

I. Shouting Defiance – 2’30”
II. Nocturne – 4′
III. Exclamation – 1’30”
IV. Meditation – 12′
V. Zeal – 4′

The University of Illinois gratefully acknowledges the following alumni conductors, their institutions, and friends who contributed to this project celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the University of Illinois Bands.

  • Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Illinois — Matthew P. Bufis, Director of Bands
  • Fresno State Wind Orchestra, Fresno, California — Gary P. Gilroy, Director of Bands
  • John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights, Illinois — Scott Casagrande, Director of Bands
  • Bill and Julie Jastrow, Naperville, Illinois
  • University of Evansville, Evansville, Illinois — Kenneth Steinsultz, Director of Bands
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois — Stephen Peterson, Director of Bands
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky — Cody Birdwell, Director of Bands
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts — Matthew Westgate, Director
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina — Kevin M. Geraldi and John R. Locke, Conductors
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina — Scott Weiss, Conductor
  • University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota — John P. LaCognata, Conductor
  • University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming — Robert Belser, Director of Bands
  • Charles and Marti Yassky, Tappan, New York

Commissioned by: University of Illinois and consortium


21 February 2019, CBDNA National Conference, Tempe, AZ. University of Illinois Wind Symphony, Stephen Peterson, conductor.

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Flute I – II – III – IV (doubles Picc., Alto Flute (optional))
Oboe I – II
Bassoon I – II
Contrabassoon (optional)
Clarinet in Bb I – II – III (doubles Eb Clar.)
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
Alto Saxophone I (doubles Soprano in Mvt. V) – II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

Bb Trumpet I – II – III
Horn in F I – II – III – IV
Trombone I – II – III (Bass)
Euphonium I – II


1: Vibraphone