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.
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.
Flute I – II – III – IV (doubles Picc., Alto Flute (optional))
Oboe I – II
Bassoon I – II
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
Bb Trumpet I – II – III
Horn in F I – II – III – IV
Trombone I – II – III (Bass)
Euphonium I – II