Title

Rhythmnation: An Exploration of World Rhythm

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2008

Advisor

Gregory Walker, Music

Abstract

American composer Charles Ives once stated, "The possibilities of percussion sounds, I believe, have never been fully realized." The enormous potential and variety of percussion is the inspiration for Rhythmnation: An Exploration of World Rhythm. This composition showcases different rhythms, styles, and instruments from around the world, highlighting the unique characteristics of each, while also celebrating the similarities. The audience travels on a musical adventure around the globe, experiencing the wide range of world percussion sounds. These individual cultures of percussion are fused together in the show's finale where the many cultures of drumming come together to form Rhythmnation!

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