Selected works for solo frame drums by B. Michael Williams. Page: I
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Nicholson, Jason Eugene. Selected works for solo frame drums by B. Michael Williams.
Doctor of Musical Arts (Performance), August 2009, 66 pp., 54 figures, bibliography, 29 titles.
In 1993, American percussionist and composer B. Michael Williams published Four
Solos for Frame Drums. This collection is considered the first work written exclusively for solo
frame drum in Western notation. Williams primarily modeled his solos around traditional
rhythms and techniques from Middle Eastern musical traditions as well as Glen Velez's virtuosic
style of playing frame drums. He also drew influence from the music of South India and Sub-
Saharan Africa. Williams intentionally combines the aforementioned elements as a means to
expose his students and audience members to the music and drumming of these regions.
The purpose of this paper is to provide a detailed analysis of select compositions for solo
frame drum by B. Michael Williams in order to assist future performers in making well-informed
interpretive decisions. The analysis will highlight the compositional style, structural components,
technical demands and important performance considerations of four pieces by Williams:
Quatrinity, Etude in Arabic Rhythms, Another New Riq and Rhythmic Journey no. 1. (From
Conakry to Harare).
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Nicholson, Jason Eugene. Selected works for solo frame drums by B. Michael Williams., dissertation, August 2009; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc11019/m1/2/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .