Three Lou Harrison Percussion Ensembles Arranged for A Solo Percussionist
AuthorAndreatta, Drew David
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis document details the creation of a new type of multiple percussion solo from pre-composed percussion ensembles. The author transcribes three works for percussion ensemble by Lou Harrison (1917-2003): Suite for Percussion, movement I, Bomba and Simfony #13 so that they can be performed as percussion solos. Each composition requires a different type of solo version because of the diverse instruments and musical materials in the original scores. Learning to perform these new versions will expand the technical capabilities of a soloist and offers complex challenges not found in the original ensembles. The document includes complete scores and set-ups for each new solo version and discussion of performance practice and techniques to play each work. Although Harrison’s original works were conceived for amateur players, the solo versions require the skills of a virtuoso performer. The new versions confirm the artistic merit of Harrison’s work in a format both practical and satisfying to the solo percussionist. The project illustrates new methods for further developing percussion technique to enable ensemble works to be performed by soloists. The solo versions of Lou Harrison percussion ensembles presented herein result in new repertoire for the percussion soloist.
Degree ProgramGraduate College