Music for a Civic Celebration

dedicationDedicated to Richard Franko Goldman
composerNixon, Roger
instrumentationNew edition

Commissioned by JCPenney for The Bicentennial Musical Celebration

"Music for a Civic Celebration" is a positive statement for an historic occasion. It is a striking contemporary work in two connected movements, six minutes in length. The first is a choral prelude with a joyful spirit in which, in the composer's words, he "intended to recognize our heritage of religious freedom and the joyful nature of a bicentennial celebration." The second movement, following without pause, is a fast and festive dance.


This work is part of The Bicentennial Musical Celebration published by JCPenney in 1975. More information and program notes are available from the original program booklets.

Are there any restrictions?
“No. There are no restrictions attached to this music. Use it when and where and how you wish, without cost or qualification of any kind (and that includes the JCPenney copyright that appears in all the appropriate places)— and in any way that meets your own requirements and the size and composition of your group.”

—JCPenney, About the Celebration, page 4.

performanceNewton, Kansas, High School Wind Ensemble via YouTube
change date2020-08-04