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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The styles of percussionist Bob Becker: Combining and peforming disparate eastern and western musical traditions from Indian tabla and rudimental snare drumming to ragtime
by Williams, Matthew Thomas, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 39; 1523326
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bremer, Carolyn, Birkemeier, Richard
Commitee: Birkemeier, Richard, Carnahan, John Alan, Gerhart, Dave, Mancini, Nicholas
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Becker, Bob
Publication Number: 1523326
ISBN: 978-1-303-20894-2
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