Inventory of the Roger Nixon archive, 1944-[ongoing]

Processed by The Music Library staff; machine-readable finding aid created by James Lake
Music Library
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University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
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© 1997
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Roger Nixon Archive, 1944-[ongoing]

Collection number: ARCHIVES NIXON 1

The Music Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information

  • Music Library
  • 240 Morrison Hall
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
  • Phone: (510) 642-2623
  • Fax: (510) 642-8237
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Processed by:
The Music Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1984
Mar. 13, 1986
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Roger Nixon Archive,
Date (inclusive): 1944-[ongoing]
Collection number: ARCHIVES NIXON 1
Creator: Nixon, Roger, 1921-
Extent: Number of containers: 5 cartons and 1 storage box
Repository: The Music Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Roger Nixon archive, ARCHIVES NIXON 1, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.


The Roger Nixon Archive was established in 1984. Michael Keller, then Head of the Music Library, and Vincent Duckles, Head of the Music Library (1947-1981) had each approached Roger Nixon because of his association with the Composer's Forum, a Bay Area group of composers which included Roger Sessions among others.
The intention of the composer and founders of the archive is to retain the personal papers of Roger Nixon, as well as all published scores and sound recordings of his works. Manuscript scores will be retained by the composer until the time his estate would be settled.
While he feels free access and photocopying of his archival papers is to be allowed to all interested scholars, Nixon also views this archive as the definitive repository of all his works.
The collection is divided into the following three series: Correspondence and Papers (Boxes 1 and 2), Scores (printed, Boxes 5 and 6), and Programs (Boxes 3 and 4), housed in 5 cartons and 1 flat storage box.

Container List


I. Correspondence and Papers

Box Box 1

Academic Tribute and California Jubilee and San Joaquin Sketches (commission)


American Bandmasters, National Endowment for the Arts


ASCAP - Former correspondence, supportive material for awards


Biographical Materials


Boosey and Hawkes


The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky (opera) - N.J. Performance. Photographs and correspondence




Correspondence - library staff


Correspondence - misc. 1 & 2


Correspondence - S.F. State files 1-4


Correspondence with composers, conductors, musicians, and organizations


Festival Mass


Carl Fischer Inc.




Golden Crest Records and Baylor University Project - corres.


The Goldman Memorial Band


Grants and Awards 1 & 2


Neil A. Kios Music Co.


List of Performances


List of Works


Misc. publishers correspondence, catalogues, info.


Music Educators National Conference, 1986 -- Program


Music for a Civic Celebration, J. C. Penney Bicentennial Project


NPR notes: "Meet the Composer"


Newspaper articles 1, 2, and 3


Nixon - David Boyden


Nixon - Aaron Copland 1 ALS


Nixon - Andrew Imbrie 2 MLS


Nixon - Roger Sessions 3 ALS


Nixon - Schoenberg


Nixon to Ernst Krenek






Presser Co. Correspondence

Box Box 2

Program information, lists of works, lecture notes (1976 on)


Publisher correspondence and catalogs


"Raw" notes for lecture given in Ann Arbor (Univ. of Michigan). A Perspective on Composing for Band / with cassette tape used for demonstration




San Francisco Symphony Stagebill (1/31/87)




A Solemn Processional Southern Music Company


Twelve piano preludes and Opus Music Publishers


US Air Force Band - Arnold Gabriel, cond.


University of Michigan and Univ. of Illinois Bands1


Viola concerto




A dissertation: "The Published Band Compositions of Roger Nixon," by Anthony P. Mazzaferro



Additional Note

All are published scores inscribed by Nixon or ozalid copies of his manuscripts.
Box Box 5

Academic Tribute: for concert band (1987)


Air for Strings; with notes from a lesson with Schoenberg / Summer 1948


Arises the New Flower (1985)

Box Box 6

The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky Opera in 4 scenes -- piano-vocal score (1967)

Box Box 5

By-By-baby -Lullay! (1965)


California Jubilee (1987)


Centennial Overture (1995) score and parts


Ceremonial piece for brass (1980) score and parts


Chaucerian Visions: for mixed voices (SATB) [and piano] (1987)


Chinese seasons : song cycle (1942)

Box Box 6

Christmas perspectives for mixed voices, another score marked "set 1." (1980)


Concert Prelude: for brass (no date)

Box Box 5

Conversations for violin and clarinet in B flat (1981)


Festival mass [SATB, organ] (1980)


Firwood: for four part chorus (SATB) a capella (1960)


Flower of Youth [Concert Band, Grade 4] Score and parts (1992)


Four duos for flute or oboe and B flat clarinet (1966)


From The Canterbury Tales for mixed voices (no date)


Love's secret: four-part chorus, SATB (1967)


Music for a Civic Celebration, score and parts (1975)


Music for Clarinet and Piano. Score and part (1986)


Music for Piano (1994)


Music of Appreciation: for band. Score and parts (1944)

Box Box 6

A Narrative of Tides. Vocal score. (1984)

Box Box 5

Nocturne: for concert band. Condensed score and parts (1965)


Pacific Celebration Suite (1979) 1 score and parts


Psalm: for band (1972) 1 score and parts


Three duos (flute & B flat clarinet) (1983)


To the evening star (William Blake): for mixed voices a cappella (1967)


Twelve Preludes for Piano (1984)


Two Elegies for solo cello (1984)


Variations for B-flat bass clarinet (1983)


Variation for Clarinet and cello (1991) 2 scores and 1 facsimile (facs. in Box 6)


Variations for bassoon (1983)


Viola concerto (1969) Study score, Viola and Piano version (score and part)


Wonders of Christmas: for chorus of mixed voices unaccompanied (4 pieces) (1993)


III. Programs

Additional Note

The programs are arranged by the titles of the composition.
Box Box 3

Academic Tribute -- SF State University


Academic Tribute -- USA


Air for Strings -- Bay Area


Air for Strings -- California


The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky -- SF State University


The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky -- Bay Area


The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky -- California


The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky -- USA


By-By Baby, Lullay -- Bay Area


California Jubilee -- International:Japan


California Jubilee -- SF State University


California Jubilee -- California


California Jubilee -- USA




Centennial Fanfare March -- SF State University


Centennial Fanfare March -- Bay Area


Centennial Fanfare March -- California


Centennial Fanfare March -- USA


Centennial Overture


Ceremonial Fanfare Nos. 1 and 2 -- SF State University


Ceremonial Fanfare No. 1 -- Bay Area


Ceremonial Piece for Brass -- California


Chamarita! -- International: Japan


Chamarita! -- SF State University


Chamarita! -- California


Chamarita! -- USA


Chanticleer -- International: South Africa


Chanticleer -- Bay Area


Chanticleer -- USA


Chaucerian Visions


Chinese Seasons -- SF State University


Chinese Seasons -- Bay Area


Chinese Seasons -- USA


Christmas Perspectives -- SF State University


Christmas Perspectives -- Bay Area


Concerto for Viola and Orchestra -- Bay Area


Conversations for Violin and Clarinet -- SF State University


Conversations for Violin and Clarinet -- Bay Area


Dialog -- SF State University


Dialog -- Bay Area


Dialog -- USA


Duo for Flute and Alto Flute


Elegie -- Bay Area


Elegy for Band -- Berkeley


Elegy and Fanfare -- International: Istanbul


Elegy, Fanfare and March -- SF State University


Elegy, Fanfare and March -- Bay Area


Elegy, Fanfare and March -- USA


Festival Fanfare March -- SF State University


Festival Fanfare March -- Bay Area


Festival Fanfare March -- California


Festival Fanfare March -- USA


Festival Mass -- Bay Area


Fiesta del Pacifico-- International: China


Fiesta del Pacifico-- International: Japan


Fiesta del Pacifico -- SF State University


Fiesta del Pacifico -- Bay Area


Fiesta del Pacifico -- California


Fiesta del Pacifico -- USA


Firwood -- SF State University


Five Pieces for Two Instruments -- Bay Area


Five Preludes -- International: Bruxelles


Five Preludes -- USA


Flower of Youth


Four Duos -- Bay Area


Four Duos for Flute and B-flat Clarinet -- SF State University


Four Duos for Violin and Viola -- USA


Four Preludes -- SF State University


Four Preludes -- Bay Area


Four Songs -- Bay Area


From the Canterbury Tales


Gliding All Over -- SF State University


Green Growth the Holly -- Bay Area


How Sweet I Roamed -- SF State University


Love's Secret -- Bay Area


In Memoriam Adlai E. Stevenson -- USA


Modesto Centennial March -- Bay Area


Mooney's Grove Suite -- SF State University


Mooney's Grove Suite -- Bay Area


Mooney's Grove Suite -- California


Movement for Clarinet and Piano -- SF State University


Movement for Clarinet and Piano -- Bay Area


Music for A Civic Celebration -- SF State University


Music for A Civic Celebration -- Bay Area


Music for A Civic Celebration -- California


Music for A Civic Celebration -- USA


Music for Clarinet and Piano -- California


Music for Piano


Music of Appreciation


A Narrative of Tides -- SF State University


A Narrative of Tides -- California


Nocturne -- International: France


Nocturne -- International: Germany


Nocturne -- SF State University


Nocturne (for flute and piano) -- Bay Area


Nocturne -- California


Nocturne -- USA

Box Box 4

Now Living Things -- California


Pacific Celebration Suite -- International: Japan


Pacific Celebration Suite -- SF State University


Pacific Celebration Suite -- Bay Area


Pacific Celebration Suite -- California


Pacific Celebration Suite -- USA


Preludes -- SF State University


Preludes -- Bay Area


Preludes -- California


Prelude and Fugue -- International: Taiwan


Prelude and Fugue -- SF State University


Prelude and Fugue -- Bay Area


Prelude and Fugue -- California


Prelude and Fugue -- USA


Preludes VIII and IX -- California


Preludes VIII and IX -- USA


Psalm for Band -- California


Psalm for Band -- USA


Psalm 60 -- Bay Area


Psalm 60 -- California


Qaurtet No. 1 -- SF State University


Reflections -- International: Japan


Reflections -- SF State University


Reflections -- Bay Area


Reflections -- California


Reflections -- USA


San Joaquin sketches -- USA


Six Moods of Love -- SF State University


Six Moods of Love -- Bay Area


Six Moods of Love -- California


Six Moods of Love -- USA


Six Preludes -- SF State University


Six Preludes -- Bay Area


Slowly the Music -- Bay Area


A Solemn Processional -- SF State University


A Solemn Processional -- USA


Songs, from "The Children's Garden of Verse" -- SF State University


Summer Rain -- California


The Tempest -- SF State University


Testimonial -- USA


Three Dances for Orchestra -- California


Three Duos -- Bay Area


Three Preludes -- International: The Philippines


Three Preludes -- SF State University


Three Preludes -- Bay Area


Three Preludes -- California


Three Preludes -- USA


Three Settings of William Blake


Three Songs -- Bay Area


Three Transcendental Songs on Poems by Walt Whitman -- USA


To the Evening Star -- SF State University


Twelve Preludes


Two Dances for Orchestra -- USA


Two Duos for Flute and Piccolo -- SF State University


Two Duos for Flutes -- SF State University


Two Songs --California


Two Transcendental Songs -- Bay Area




Variations for Bass Clarinet -- Bay Area


Variations for Bass Clarinet -- USA


Variations for Clarinet and Cello -- SF State University


Viola Concerto -- SF State University


Viola Concerto -- Bay Area


The Wine of Astonishment -- Bay Area


The Wine of Astonishment -- California


Wonders of Christmas


SF State University -- Nixon Concerts (Multiple Pieces)


Arrangements by Roger Nixon


Miscellaneous Stuff -- Bay Area