Degree Name

Master of Music

Department or Program



Kelley, Richard


This document contains in-depth, scholarly program notes on percussion repertoire selected for the Graduate Recital of James G. Beers. The selected pieces include Different Drummers by William Brooks, Variations on Lost Love by David Maslanka, Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux II by Elliot Carter, Duet No. 1 for Electric Bass and Vibraphone by James G. Beers and Rebonds by Iannis Xenakis.

The purpose of this document is to offer a better understanding of these pieces and their composers by providing biographical information, historical context, instrumentation,theoretical analysis, unique performance techniques and interpretive insight.