"Drum Music": A Performance Guide and Discussion of John Mackey's Influential Concerto for the Modern Percussionist Page: I
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McWilliams, Christopher Wayne. "Drum Music ": A Performance Guide and Discussion
of John Mackey's Influential Concerto for the Modern Percussionist. Doctor of Musical Arts
(Performance), August 2017, 47 pp., 3 tables, 1 figure, 11 musical examples, bibliography, 16
John Mackey is an influential and prolific composer of wind band literature. His focus on
and exploration of the percussion section are defining characteristics of his compositional voice.
Mackey's concerto for percussion and wind band, Drum Music, is a perfect example of his
exploitation of the myriad timbres available within the percussion family, and also serves to
showcase the versatility required of a modern percussionist. This dissertation and accompanying
lecture recital provide a comprehensive guide for performers of the work. Major aspects of
Mackey's compositional approach are discussed with emphasis placed on his use of percussion
throughout his works. Analysis and performance concerns are discussed for each of the concertos
three movements, and information is provided on the reduced version of the work prepared as
part of this study.
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McWilliams, Christopher Wayne. "Drum Music": A Performance Guide and Discussion of John Mackey's Influential Concerto for the Modern Percussionist, dissertation, August 2017; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1011831/m1/2/: accessed December 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .