American Indian music and dance traditions unilaterally contain the following three elements: singing, dancing, and percussion instruments. Singing and dancing are of the utmost importance in American Indian dance traditions, while the expression of percussion instruments is superfluous. Louis W. Ballard has composed a piece of music for percussion ensemble which was inspired by the music and dance traditions of American Indian tribes from across North America. The controversy that this presents is relative to the fact that there is no American Indian tradition for a group comprised exclusively of percussion instruments. However, this percussion ensemble piece, Cacega Ayuwipi, does exhibit the three elements inherent to all American Indian music and dance traditions. Cacega Ayuwipi is consistent with American Indian traditions in that the audience must see the instruments, watch the movements of the percussionists, and hear the percussive expressions in order to experience the musical work in its entirety.
|Advisor:||Cunningham, James E.|
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Music, Performing Arts, Native American studies|
|Keywords:||American Indian percussion, Ballard, Louis W., Cacega Ayuwipi, Decorative drums, Drum decorations, Native American percussion|
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