Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

William Russell's Percussion Ensemble Music, 1931–1940
by Craycraft, Jeremy L., D.M.A., University of Cincinnati, 2011, 208; 3469635
Abstract (Summary)

William "Bill" Russell (1905-1992) is relatively unknown as a composer of Percussion music, but his oeuvre of eight pieces for percussion ensembles was at the forefront of the avant-garde music movement in the United States of America during the 1930's. Russell's works represent the essence of the American Experimental Tradition, a tradition that embraced, furthered, and celebrated the liberation of sound in the early 20th century. In addition, his works represent one of the first true manifestations of a pan-cultural music. Although championed by other well-known modernists, most notably John Cage and Lou Harrison respectively, Russell's compositions continue to languish in obscurity. The occasional scholarship that makes mention of Russell's works has been limited to brief introductory comments on their contents. The intention of this study is to present a performer's/conductor's guide for performance, while addressing Russell's compositions within an appropriate historical context as they relate to the evolution of the percussion genre. This document provides a depository of Russell's personal notes on his compositions, personal correspondence, and excerpts from all of his manuscripts—both original and revised scores.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Otte, Allen
Commitee: Burge, Russell, Culley, James
School: University of Cincinnati
Department: Percussion
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 72/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Biographies, Music
Keywords: 1905-1992, American Experimental Tradition, Bill, Fugue for Percussion Instruments, Made in America, Percussion ensembles, Russell, William, Three Dance Movements, William Russell compositions
Publication Number: 3469635
ISBN: 978-1-124-85854-8
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