A Performance Guide and Theorical Study of Keiko Abe's Marimba d'Amore and Prism Rhapsody for Marimba and Orchestra Page: I
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Alamo Santos, Juan Manuel, A Performance Guide and Theorical Study of Keiko Abe's
Marimba d'Amore and Prism Rhapsody for Marimba and Orchestra. Doctor of Musical Arts
(Performance), December 2008, 56 pp., 57 musical examples, 12 figures, Bibliography, 14 titles.
Keiko Abe's contributions to the contemporary marimba repertoire have been a milestone
in the development of the marimba as a solo concert instrument. Besides the creation of a new
repertoire through commissions and her own compositions, Abe's contributions to the marimba
include the improvement of the sound quality of the marimba and the establishment of the five
octave instrument as the standard concert marimba. During the last four decades, Abe's
compositions have been performed and studied worldwide and become standard literature for the
marimba. Abe has written more than sixty compositions for marimba, including concertos, duets
and solo pieces.
The goal of this dissertation is to provide a comprehensive method for the performance
and preparation of two major Keiko Abe's compositions, Marimba d'Amore composed by Abe
in 1998 and Prism Rhapsody for Marimba and Orchestra composed in 1996. This dissertation
will discuss theoretical as well as performance issues related to these two compositions. Each
piece is discussed with regard to its distinctive compositional approach and inherent
performances issues. In order to provide the reader an explanation of the compositional
procedures used by Abe, specific directions for the performance and preparation of these two
works are offered.
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Àlamo Santos, Juan Manuel. A Performance Guide and Theorical Study of Keiko Abe's Marimba d'Amore and Prism Rhapsody for Marimba and Orchestra, dissertation, December 2008; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9803/m1/2/?rotate=270: accessed August 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .