Oxford University Press, Apr 25, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 212 pages
During this century the role of percussion instruments in serious music has changed radically. From being a group of crude, though effective, accessories, they have become among the most important of all families of instruments. This book is the classic guide to percussion instruments available today. It sets out their characteristics and shows by clear explanation and numerous musical examples how composers are using them. There is also an important section on the notation of percussion instruments. With a new short preface outlining recent trends and developments, this new paperback edition is an invaluable guide for music students, performers, orchestrators, arrangers, and composers.
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Percussion Layouts and the Placing of Instruments
Writing for Keyboard Percussion
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bars bass drum beating spot bongos castanets celesta centre chords chromatic claves colour colouristic composers Concerto congas contact sound contrasts crescendo cross-overs crotales cymbals damping diameter double beats drum sticks dynamic effect emit ensembles fingers following example give glissando glockenspiel gong hammers hard beaters harmonic heads idiophones indefinite pitch indicated instru jazz keyboard large number line-score mallet maracas marimba mellow melody membrane ments Messiaen metal nature normal notation notes number of instruments obtained octave Orch orchestral ostinato overtones pairs passages pedal percussion instruments performer piano possible produce range rapid re-tunings resonating rhythmic rhythms role roll scores snare drum snare drum sticks soft beaters solo sometimes Stockhausen strings strokes struck sustained Symphony tabla tamtam temple blocks timbales timbre timpani timpani sticks tomtoms tonal tone tremolo triangle tubes tubular bells tuned percussion untuned percussion usually played Varese vellum vibraphone vibrations volume wood blocks write written xylophone