Encyclopedia of Percussion

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John Beck
Taylor & Francis, 1995 - Percussion instruments - 436 pages
A valuable resource for all music enthusiasts;The opening section of this first-stop reference source offers over 3,000 alphabetically arranged short definitions of percussion instruments and terms and is a valuable resource for the student, scholar, performer, and teacher coping with names of western and non-western instruments in several languages. Each definition covers the manufacturer, inventor or designer, the country of origin (including regional cultural significance and general usage, such as orchestra, band, jazz, ethnic), musical examples, compositions, and important books and publishers. The Encyclopedia also features a who's who of percussionists
Written by well known experts;The bulk of the Encyclopedia consists of 28 new articles by noted scholars who explore their topics in detail, provide basic information for ready reference, and include a selective bibliography as a starting point for further research. The coverage is rounded out by a comprehensive index, internal cross-references, lists, illustrations, and a glossary of percussion instruments and terms in four languages, as well as an extensive bibliography of percussion methods.
Major features:; Defines 3,000 instrument terms and forms; Presents a table of 350 percussion instruments and terms and their equivalents in English, French, German, and Italian; Covers Western and non-Western instruments; Provides 28 signed articles on families of instruments and other important topics; Over 100 illustrations; Offers practical information for performers; Easy to use for students and general readers


Alphabetical Listing of Percussion Instruments and Terms
Illustrations of Percussion Instruments Laurie Beck Tarver
The Basel Drum Alfons Grieder
The Bass Drum Andrew Spencer
Their History and Manufacture Gary Cook
Castanets Andrew Spencer
Drum Set Players Robert B Breithaupt
Janissary Music Turkish Music Harrison Powley
Latin Percussionists Norbert Goldberg
Multiple Percussion Steven Schick
Percussion and Dance Michael W Udow
An Historical Perspective Fred Fairchild
Selections from Morris Arnold Lang
Table of Percussion Instruments and Terms in English
Published Writings on Methods for Percussion James Strain

The Kettledrum Edmund A Bowles
LatinAmerican Percussion Norbert Goldberg

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About the author (1995)

John H. Beck is Professor Emeritus of Percussion and has been a member of the Eastman faculty since 1959. The Percussive Arts Society inducted him into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame (1999) and presented him with an Outstanding Service Award (2002). He received both the Eastman School of Music Eisenhart Award for excellence in teaching (1997) and the Edwin Peck Curtis Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching (2003). Since retirement in 2008, he has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the New York State School Music Association (2009), The President's Award from Rowan University (2010), the Lifetime Achievement Award from KOSA International Percussion (2010) and the Life Time Achievement Award from Giornate della Percussione, Fermo, Italy (2010). His book Percussion Matters: Life at the Eastman School of Music was published in December 2011 by Meliora Press an imprint of the University of Rochester Press. The John H. Beck Composition Prize was established by Percussion Rochester in 2012.

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