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Hearing History: Musical Borrowing in the Percussion Ensemble Works, Duo Chopinesque and Chameleon Music

Description: Duo Chopinesque by Michael Hennagin and Chameleon Music by Dan Welcher represent two of the most significant percussion ensemble compositions written in the last twenty years. Both works are written for the mostly mallet type of percussion ensemble wherein the keyboard instruments predominate. However, the most unique aspect of these two pieces is their use of musical quotation. Duo Chopinesque borrows Chopin's Prelude in E minor in its entirety, while Chameleon Music borrows portions from four Mozart Sonatas. This paper places each work within the history of the percussion ensemble, and in the larger history of musical quotation in the twentieth century. In addition, the compositional characteristics of both works are examined with particular emphasis on each composer's use of borrowed material from the music of Mozart and Chopin. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between quoted material and newly composed rhythmic motives.
Date: December 1999
Creator: Fulton, Stephen L.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Ensemble: 2007-03-16 - New Works for Percussion

Description: New works for percussion solo and ensembles performed at UNT College of Music Concert Hall.
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Date: March 16, 2007
Creator: Anderson, Jon; Charles, Ben; Coronado, Andrew; Cortes, Mike; Dolce, Joe; Hawkins, Danny et al.
Partner: UNT Music Library

An examination of performance aspects of two major works for percussion ensemble: Toccata by Carlos Chávez and Cantata para América mágica by Alberto Ginastera, a lecture recital, together with four recitals of selected works of I. Stravinsky, R. Vaughan Williams, W.A. Mozart, V. Persichetti, and P. Hindemith

Description: This study addresses the ways and means a conductor may approach two major twentieth century works written specifically for percussion ensemble. Performance techniques and decisions on aesthetics made by the conductor in dealing with such items as timbre, balance, pitch levels, and pitch relationships are also considered.
Date: August 1991
Creator: George, Matthew
Partner: UNT Libraries