Practical Percussion: A Guide to the Instruments and Their Sources

Practical Percussion: A Guide to the Instruments and Their Sources

by James Holland

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The second half of the twentieth century saw vast changes in all aspects of percussion - the instruments themselves, playing techniques, and percussion writing - plus the huge influence of pop music, jazz, and film scores. Additionally, the revolution in travel and communications has meant that composers have become much more aware of a seemingly endless variety of ethnic instruments from around the world. Holland aims to show the world of percussion as it is today, and to answer some common questions about it.

Today's professional players frequently find themselves performing in many countries where the availability of percussion instruments can vary widely. Practical Percussion contains a section on manufacturers and suppliers all over the world. In addition to this list of manufacturers, the percussion requirements - both instruments and players - for some 1500 works are also listed. The foreword by Pierre Boulez further assists the reader in appreciating and understanding the richness, variety, and function of percussion instruments the world over.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461670636
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/16/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

James Holland was co-principal percussionist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and principal percussionist with the London Symphony Orchestra for ten years before moving to the B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra. He was also solo percussionist with the London Sinfonietta for twenty-six years.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword
Part 2 Acknowledgments
Part 3 Introduction
Part 4 The Instruments
Part 5 The Orchestral Percussion Section
Part 6 The Percussionist as Soloist and in Ensembles
Part 7 Writing and Publishing Music for Percussion Instruments
Part 8 Percussion in Education
Part 9 Percussion Manufacturers and Suppliers
Part 10 The Percussive Arts Society
Part 11 List of Works
Part 12 Index
Part 13 About the Author

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