Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A repurposing of orchestral chamber works for the modern percussion ensemble
by Rivera, Luis C., D.M., The Florida State University, 2012, 209; 3539611
Abstract (Summary)

The practice of music arranging has been in existence for centuries. With respect to percussion, transcriptions of classical works were the initial source of repertoire expansion during the 1930s, beginning with the marimba. Since that time percussion arrangements have evolved to encompass works from jazz, pop, and world musics, and have grown to include various instrumentations of differing sizes. However, it is not nearly as common to encounter a percussion arrangement of a living composer's music.

This treatise seeks to propose three new percussion ensemble arrangements of classical works from living composers, with a focus on non-percussion chamber works by minimalist composers and the subsequent re-orchestrations of these works into the percussion ensemble medium using both small and large instrumentations. The works presented in the treatise are Eight Lines by Steve Reich, Metamorphoses 1-5 by Philip Glass, and Phrygian Gates by John Adams. Initially, a brief historical perspective will be given on the history of minimalism along with a biographical sketch of each composer, the musical and cultural influences present in the aforementioned pieces, and finally how minimalist music transfers to percussion instruments. Compositional styles, instrumentation, performance ramifications, and issues with respect to transcription and orchestration will then be examined. In addition, logistics regarding stage setups involving the percussion instruments in each arrangement will be discussed, as they affect the performance of each work. Full scores of each arrangement conclude each chapter as evidence of research based upon musical analysis, rehearsals, performances, and personal recordings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Parks, John W., IV
Commitee: Bakan, Michael, Bish, Deborah, Drew, John
School: The Florida State University
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 74/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Chamber works, Percussion arrangements, Percussion ensemble
Publication Number: 3539611
ISBN: 9781267640192
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