Marimba Duo Transcriptions: Expanding the Western Art Music Tradition for Percussionists
AuthorArmstrong, Joshua Kyle
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe transcription was an integral part of the marimba repertoire for many years. However, the range and technical advancements of the time limited the transcription process. Often the marimba part would consist of the melody while a piano would be utilized to fill in the accompaniment and notes not able to be performed by the marimbist. The marimba and piano share many similarities that allow for successful transcriptions between the two instruments. This document focuses on the transcription of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century keyboard music for the marimba duo setting. It is the opinion of the author that better transcriptions can be attained through the utilization of the modern range of the marimba, techniques used in marimba performance, and two marimbas. By omitting the traditional piano accompaniment, transcriptions can be better executed through the use of one timbre, as is used in the original keyboard work. Presented in this document are six arrangements realized by the author that demonstrate the possibilities for transcriptions in today's percussive world.
Degree ProgramGraduate College