Nelson ~ Composer ABCs

After a week away, today’s composer is an American – Ron Nelson. Ron Nelson is a living composer, having been born in Joliette, Illinois, on December 14, 1929. He is known as a composer and as a conductor. He has written music for wind ensemble, orchestra, and choirs.

Nelson has received three degrees in music from the Eastman School of Must. He also studied in France under a Fulbright Grant. He joined the faculty of Brown University in 1956, gaining promotion to assistant professor in 1960 and full professor in 1968. He continued teaching until his retirement in 1993. He was then named Professor Emeritus of Music.

Nelson has been recognized through many awards, achievements, and commissions. Many have sought his work as a wind ensemble composer for new and unique works for their ensembles. He is also a sought after guest conductor.

There are many pieces to choose from to introduce you to Ron Nelson’s works. I think that Rocky Point Holiday is likely my favorite.

Another piece that is interesting is Courtly Airs and Dances. There are several movements to this one. I’ll post the first movement and the others tend to show up in the right hand column on YouTube.

One more wind ensemble piece and then I’ll put up an orchestral piece. Nelson’s work is just so varied it is interesting to listen to all the different uses of sound he has created. This piece is titled Aspen Jubilee. The orchestral piece is titled Savannah River Holiday.

As you can tell from many of the titles, Ron Nelson is a very American composer. Resources for Ron Nelson include the following websites:

Lori, At Home.

Composer ABCs in this series:
A – Leroy Anderson
B – Bernstein, Bizet, Bax
C – Copland
D – Debussy and de Meij
E – Elgar
F – Fauré
G – Grainger and Ginastera
H – Holst
I – Ives
J – Joplin and Janacek
K – Kern
L – Liszt
M – Mussorgsky

Thank you for joining me this week for Composer ABCs. Please visit the hosts to find the linky and other participants.

Desiree @ Our Homeschool Notebook – This week is N is for Ninjago
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses – This week is Netflix in Your Homeschool.

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6 thoughts on “Nelson ~ Composer ABCs

  1. Desiree W. July 19, 2021 at 11:44 pm Reply

    How neat to learn about a living composer! Such lovely music.

  2. Ellen July 23, 2021 at 10:32 am Reply

    I wonder if Mr. Nelson ever attends an event where his pieces are being played? That would be neat.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome July 23, 2021 at 11:47 am Reply

      I don’t know. I have a vague remembrance of either being at a place where he was or him being there when we played one of his pieces in college. I know I have played pieces where the composers were in attendance. It definitely puts the pressure on.

  3. Offenbach ~ Composer ABCs | At Home July 27, 2021 at 11:41 am Reply

    […] Composer ABCs in this series:A – Leroy AndersonB – Bernstein, Bizet, BaxC – CoplandD – Debussy and de MeijE – ElgarF – FauréG – Grainger and GinasteraH – HolstI – IvesJ – Joplin and JanacekK – KernL – LisztM – MussorgskyN – Nelson […]

  4. […] from Chareen at Every Bed of RosesNetflix in Your Homeschool from Chareen at Every Bed of RosesNelson, Ron: Composer ABC’s from Lori at At Home: Where Life […]

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