Repertory Guides (ML 128, 1100)


Percussion Literature

Siwe, Thomas, ed. Percussion Ensemble Literature.

Siwe, Thomas, ed. Percussion Solo Literature

Vincent, David W. A Percussionist's Guide to Orchestral Excerpts.


Siwe, Thomas, ed. Percussion Ensemble Literature. Champaign, Illinois: Media press, Inc., 1998. Mus Ref ML 128 .P23 S62 1998

Use: Catalog of ensemble percussion music designed for performers, educators and students of the percussive arts. Useful in selecting and locating performance materials, as well as composer information (birth and death dates, biographical sketch, formal education and other pieces by the composer). Includes publisher information.

Coverage: From approximately Verese, Ionization to printing in 1995. Ensembles from 2 - 48 performers included, as well as percussion ensembles featuring a non- percussion instrument.

Organization: Main body is alphabetical by composer. Appendix lists titles by the number of performers. Publisher/Sources list included, providing contact information for major percussion publishing companies.

Pros: Comprehensive; biographical information is included when possible. Premiere dates, dedications, and contact information for out- of- print works are also included. All needed instrumentation is included for each entry. Appendix by the number of performers (i.e. duo, trio, quartet, etc.) included.

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Siwe, Thomas, ed. Percussion Solo Literature. Champaign, Illinois: Media press, Inc., 1995. Mus Ref ML 128 .P23 S63 1995

Use: Catalog of solo percussion music designed for performers, educators and students of the percussive arts. Useful in selecting and locating performance materials, as well as composer information (birth and death dates, biographical sketch, formal education and other pieces by the composer). Includes publisher information.

Coverage: From as early as Carlos Chavez (1899) to printing in 1995. All solo literature categories are included. All levels of difficulty are included.

Organization: Main body is alphabetical by composer. Entries include title, year of composition, instrumentation, accompaniment (if any), duration, publishing information, and often a composer biography. Appendixes are included by instrument to allow searches by a specific percussion instrument. A list of publishers/ sources is included with contact information, free catalogs, etc.

Pros: Includes out- of- print works and indicates how to contact the composer or obtain archive copies. Multi-percussion solos include instrumentation needed to perform the piece. Multi solos with an accompanist (or duo) are included.

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Vincent, David W. A Percussionist's Guide to Orchestral Excerpts. Columbia, SC: Broad River Press, Inc., 1980. ML 128 .P23 V5 (Stacks NOT Music Reference)

Use: A guide to locating Orchestral Repertoire for the student, teacher, and professional.

Coverage: Orchestral Repertoire in which percussion plays a significant role.

Organization: 9 instrument specific sections and a Source Bibliography. Each entry includes the composer, title of excerpt, and a code which identifies its location in the Source Bibliography. An Updated Guide to Orchestral Percussion Excerpts compiled by Randall Rudolph is scheduled to be published in 1999.

Cons: Though the repertoire list is still valid, the addition of books like the Raynor Carrol series make this guide obsolete. The Index of Sources is not alphabetical. Not all the sources mention contain complete excerpts.

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