Cover for Siwe: Artful Noise: Percussion Literature in the Twentieth Century. Click for larger image
Ebook Information

Artful Noise

Percussion Literature in the Twentieth Century

The authoritative text on the artists, works, and innovations of the percussion revolution

Twentieth-century composers created thousands of original works for solo percussion and percussion ensemble. Concise and ideal for the classroom, Artful Noise offers an essential and much-needed survey of this unique literature.

Percussionist Thomas Siwe organizes and analyzes the groundbreaking musical literature that arose during the twentieth century. Focusing on innovations in style and the evolution of the percussion ensemble, Siwe offers a historical overview that connects the music to scoring techniques, new instrumentation and evolving technologies as well as world events. Discussions of representative pieces by seminal composers examine the resources a work requires, its construction, and how it relates to other styles that developed during the same period. In addition, Siwe details the form and purpose of many of the compositions while providing background information on noteworthy artists. Each chapter is supported with musical examples and concludes with a short list of related works specifically designed to steer musicians and instructors alike toward profitable explorations of composers, styles, and eras.

"This book makes it possible for everyone to benefit from Professor Siwe’s decades of research concerning the history of percussion in the twentieth-century and the music composed by many of that century’s most important composers. Percussion music holds a special place in the twentieth century, and its story is told here by one of the twentieth century’s most knowledgeable percussion practitioners and pedagogues. Thomas Siwe has written an indispensable book, drawn from a lifetime of experience and research. Everyone interested in the essential role percussion played in the last century should read this book!"--Christopher Shultis, author of Silencing the Sounded Self: John Cage and the American Experimental Tradition

"Simply stated, this is a singular contribution detailing the history of percussion literature in the twentieth century made by one of the most knowledgeable percussion educators who was witness to many of the composers and compositions he discusses."--Kathleen Kastner, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music


Thomas Siwe is a professor emeritus of music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Percussion: A Course of Study for the Future Band and Orchestra Director and Ten Hall of Fame Snare Drum Solos, and a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Hall of Fame.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/68zys3mf9780252043130.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Industrial Strength Bluegrass - Cover
Industrial Strength Bluegrass

Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy

Edited by Fred Bartenstein and Curtis W. Ellison

American Music - Cover
American Music

Edited by Gayle Sherwood Magee

Music and the Moving Image - Cover
Music and the Moving Image

Edited by Gillian B. Anderson & Ronald H. Sadoff

Journal of Aesthetic Education - Cover
Journal of Aesthetic Education

Edited by Pradeep Dhillon

In Search of Music Education - Cover
In Search of Music Education

Estelle R. Jorgensen

The Lady Swings - Cover
The Lady Swings

Memoirs of a Jazz Drummer

Dottie Dodgion and Wayne Enstice

Peggy Seeger - Cover
Peggy Seeger

A Life of Music, Love, and Politics

Jean R. Freedman

Transforming Women’s Education - Cover
Transforming Women’s Education

Liberal Arts and Music in Female Seminaries

Jewel A. Smith

The Family Track - Cover
The Family Track

Keeping Your Faculties while You Mentor, Nurture, Teach, and Serve

Edited by Constance Coiner and Diana Hume George

Black Music Research Journal - Cover
Black Music Research Journal

Edited by Gayle Murchison

Musical Improvisation - Cover
Musical Improvisation

Art, Education, and Society

Edited by Gabriel Solis and Bruno Nettl

The String Quartets of Beethoven - Cover
The String Quartets of Beethoven

Edited by William Kinderman

Serving Genius - Cover
Serving Genius

Carlo Maria Giulini

Thomas D. Saler

Arts Education in Action - Cover
Arts Education in Action

Collaborative Pedagogies for Social Justice

Edited by Sarah Travis, Jody Stokes-Casey, and Seoyeon Kim