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Percussion and film have shared a parallel and overlapping history since the dawn of the silent film era in the late nineteenth century. However, musical scores written specifically for percussionists with silent or silenced film for the sake of concert performance has a newer, more contemporary and artistic repertoire that will undoubtedly proliferate with the continued development of percussion performance and available technology. This document is in three parts. The first part provides context with an introduction, a brief history of film, and early film accompaniment. The second part pertains to the Australian composer, Nigel Westlake and his work, The Invisible Men. The third part explores three additional works of merit for film and percussion: Gene Koshinski’s The Mermaid, Drew Worden’s Escape: Sextet for Triangles, and Rick Dior’s Science Fiction. All of these works are original chamber percussion scores intended to be synchronized either exactly or closely to the chosen film. This survey will include composer biographies, a history and analysis of the works, and a performance guide eliminating barriers to performance and offering future composers insight into writing for this genre.
Chamber; Invisible Men; Nigel Westlake; Percussion; Percussion Ensemble; Silent Film
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Doyle, James William III, "Original Chamber Percussion Works for Silent or Silenced Film in Live Performance" (2016). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2661.
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