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.
|Commitee:||Burge, Russell, Culley, James|
|School:||University of Cincinnati|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-A 72/12, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||1905-1992, American Experimental Tradition, Bill, Fugue for Percussion Instruments, Made in America, Percussion ensembles, Russell, William, Three Dance Movements, William Russell compositions|
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