24 Preludes for Piano
Roger Nixon - Opus Music Publishers, Inc.
By the time Roger Nixon received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1952, he had studied music composition with four distinguished composers: Arthur Bliss, Ernest Bloch, Arnold Schoenberg and Roger Sessions. These studies were interrupted by almost four years of active duty as a line officer in the Navy during World War II, and were followed by a college/university teaching career which offered him some discretionary time to compose music. He wrote steadily over a period of more than 50 years for orchestra, choir, opera, solo piano, voice, chamber music, and especially, concert band. Of his over-100 works to date, his 24 Preludes for Piano occupy a central position in that they cover almost the entire span of his creative life. Prelude VIII (1946) is among the earliest and Prelude XXIII (2000) is among the latest.