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Artful Noise: Percussion Literature in the Twentieth Century

Thomas Siwe


A substantial body of musical literature for solo and ensemble percussion was created in the twentieth century. This book examines percussion literature’s evolution: how it came to be and the styles that composers embraced as they produced a large body of music for percussion instruments alone. The focus is on the music that was created, the various genres that arose, and the composers who contributed seminal works. The question is posed: What world and cultural events brought composers to reject the past and embrace modernism? The twentieth century is notable for its many technological advanc ... More

Keywords: percussion, twentieth century, modernism, avant-garde, music education, modern dance, computers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043130
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043130.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Siwe, author