Two lecture recitals of percussion music: "Notation for Stroke-Type Analyses" and "Tabla and Indian Musical Concepts in Modern Drum Set Performance"

David Robert Whitman

Abstract

Two lecture recitals were presented in lieu of a written dissertation. This document combines two formal paper presentations, each of which corresponds to a single lecture recital. Sunday, May 2, 2010, 4:00 p.m., Mannoni Performing Arts Center. Program: Two Mexican Dances for Marimba by Gordon Stout; Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki. "Notation for Stroke-Type Analyses" presents a method for notating stroke types in four-mallet keyboard percussion mechanics. A discussion of various applications of stroke type notation follows, including the pedagogical value of engaging in stroke-type analyses as a supplement to traditional harmonic and formal analyses, the effect of stroke-type analyses on performance preparation, and the effect of stroke-type analyses on the performance itself. Thursday, February 24, 2011, 6:00 p.m., Mannoni Performing Arts Center. Program: Three Classical Compositions for Tabla transmitted by Pandit Arup Chattopadhyay, trans. David Whitman; Palta by Bob Becker. "Tabla and Indian Musical Concepts in Modern Drum Set Performance" deals with the adaptation of tabla compositions for Western drum set. Fixed classical compositions for solo tabla from the Farrukhabad gharana of the central Uttar Pradesh region of India are transcribed for drum set. The application of North Indian musical concepts such as tihai, tal , and jhati are also discussed and applied to a performance of Palta - a composition for either solo tabla or solo drum set and percussion ensemble by Bob Becker. The author's studies with Calcutta-based master tabla artist Pandit Arup Chattopadhyay form the basis of much of the material presented in the second chapter.