Date of Award

Fall 12-2009

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



Committee Chair

John Wooton

Committee Chair Department


Committee Member 2

Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 2 Department


Committee Member 3

Thomas Fraschillo

Committee Member 3 Department


Committee Member 4

Edward Hafer

Committee Member 4 Department


Committee Member 5

Richard Perry

Committee Member 5 Department



Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic has been an active performer and composer since the late 1970s. He is the closest modern percussionists have to the tradition of the virtuosocomposer from the Romantic period. He holds degrees in composition, music theory, and percussion performance. His music merits study based on the fact that he is an accomplished marimbist who composes at the instrument. This lends to his music a uniquely idiomatic quality. The two works presented in this treatise span almost twenty years of the composer's thirty-year career. The unifying element in both works is that they feature a marimba soloist as the catalyst for the compositions. The soloist is accompanied by two different settings for each respective piece; a classical orchestral instrumentation for Concerto no. 1, and a small wind ensemble for Tales from the Center of the Earth. This paper will examine and compare the form, harmonic structure, rhythmic elements, and technical challenges found in these two works. The ultimate purpose is to provide insights into Zivkovic's music for performers.