Percussionist Bob Becker is known as an eclectic composer and performer of classical western and world musical styles performed through a wide range of percussive genres. Originally trained to be a classical marimba player and orchestral percussionist, Becker turned his attention to playing music from classical Indian and Ghanaian traditions, as well as the American ragtime xylophone music of George Hamilton Green early in his career during the 1970s. This paper explores Becker's musical training, eclectic and disparate performance repertoire, and his novel and philosophical approaches to composition within three distinct musical traditions: rudimental snare drumming, Hindustani tabla drumming, and ragtime xylophone.
|Advisor:||Bremer, Carolyn, Birkemeier, Richard|
|Commitee:||Birkemeier, Richard, Carnahan, John Alan, Gerhart, Dave, Mancini, Nicholas|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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