The Modern Percussion Revolution: Journeys of the Progressive Artist (Routledge Research in Music)

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The Modern Percussion Revolution: Journeys of the Progressive Artist (Routledge Research in Music)

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More than eighty years have passed since Edgard Varèse’s catalytic work for percussion ensemble, Ionisation, was heard in its New York premiere. A flurry of pieces for this new medium dawned soon after, challenging the established truths and preferences of the European musical tradition while setting the stage for percussion to become one of the most significant musical advances of the twentieth century. This 'revolution', as John Cage termed it, was a quintessentially modernist movement - an exploration of previously undiscovered sounds, forms, textures, and styles. However, as percussion music has progressed and become woven into the fabric of Western musical culture, several divergent paths, comprised of various traditions and a multiplicity of aesthetic sensibilities, have since emerged for the percussionist to pursue.

This edited collection highlights the progressive developments that continue to investigate uncharted musical grounds. Using historical studies, philosophical insights, analyses of performance practice, and anecdotal reflections authored by some of today's most engaged performers, composers, and scholars, this book aims to illuminate the unique destinations found in the artistic journey of the modern percussionist.

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978-0415716956

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Routledge

City

New York

Keywords

percussion instruments, music, music history, music criticism

Disciplines

Music

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Lewis, a percussionist, and Aguilar, an experimental performance scholar, bring together 15 essays tracing developments in percussion music during the 20th century and beyond. They cover historical topics, such as the classic works Zyklus, The King of Denmark, and Intérieur I, the Percussion Group Cincinnati, and Herbert Brün's graphic works; innovative performers and composers like Peter Garland and Stuart Saunders Smith, as well as speaking percussionist music and the role of technology; interviews with percussionists (William Winant, Allen Otte, Morris Palter, Christopher Shultis, and Stuart Saunders Smith) on issues that have affected their creative activities; and anecdotes from performers like Steven Schick, Robyn Schulkowsky, and Allen Otte. Along with these and other percussionists, contributors are music scholars from the US. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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