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Percussion Instruments -- History

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the history of percussion instruments.


Six Superlative Sources

· Bowles, Edmund A. The Timpani: A History in Pictures and Documents (Pendragon Press, 2002).

· Montagu, Jeremy. Timpani and Percussion (Yale University Press, 2002).

· Blades, James. Percussion Instruments and Their History (Faber, 1970).

· Kirby, Percival. The Kettle-Drums (Oxford University Press, 1930).

· Beck, John H., ed. Encyclopedia of Percussion (Garland Publishing, 1995).

· Balfour, Henry. "The Friction Drum," Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 37 (1907), 67-92 and plates XII-XIV.

Other Excellent Sources

· Altenburg, Johann Ernst. Trumpeter's and Kettledrummer's Art (Brass Press, 1974). Edward H. Tarr, translator, of: Versuch einer Anleitung zur Heroisch-Musikalischen Trompeter- und Paukerkunst (Joh. Christ. Hendel, 1795; facsimile, Deutscher Verlag für Musik, 1972).

· The American Musical Instrument Society.

· Arbatsky, Yury. Beating the Tupan in the Central Balkans (Newberry Library, 1953).

· Arbeau, Thoinot. Orchésographie (Iehan des Preyz, 1588; facsimile of the 1596 reprint, Minkoff Reprint, 1972).

· Avgerinos, Gerassimos. Handbuch der Schlag- und Effekt-Instrumente (Verlag Das Musikinstrument, 1967).

· Avgerinos, Gerassimos. Lexikon der Pauke (Verlag Das Musikinstrument, 1964).

· Bernet Kempers, A.J. The Kettledrums of Southeast Asia. Vol. 10 of: Modern Quaternary Research in Southeast Asia (A.A. Balkema, 1988).

· Bibikov, Sergei Nikolaevich. Drevneishii Muzykal«nyi Kompleks iz Kkostei Mamonta (Academy of Science, Ukraine SSR, 1981). Title on cover: The Oldest Musical Complex Made of Mammoth Bones. In Russian with summaries and tables of contents also in English and French.

· Blades, James, host. From Cave to Cavern: The History of Percussion Instruments. Vol. 9 of: A History of Music in Western Civilization: Fascinating Discussions by 11 Prominent Music Authorities, with Musical Examples, Christopher Hogwood, ed. (HighBridge Audio, 1997). Compact disc.

· Blades, James, and Jeremy Montagu. Early Percussion Instruments from the Middle Ages to the Baroque (Oxford University Press, 1976).

· Boone, Olga. Les Tambours du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi (Musée du Congo Belge, 1951).

· Boone, Olga. Les Xylophones du Congo Belge (Musée du Congo Belge, 1936).

· Borel, François. Collections d'Instruments de Musique: Les Sanza (Musée d'Ethnographie, 1986).

· Borg, Alan. "Dating a Dutch Drum," Country Life, vol. 157, no. 4052 (27 February 1975), 490.

· Bowles, Edmund A. "The Double, Double, Double Beat of the Thundering Drum: The Timpani in Early Music," Early Music, vol. 19, no. 3 (August 1991), 419-35.

· Bowles, Edmund A. "Eastern Influences on the Use of Trumpets and Drums during the Middle Ages," Anuario Musical, vol. 26 (Barcelona, 1972), 1-26.

· Bowles, Edmund A. "The Kettledrum," in Encyclopedia of Percussion, John H. Beck, ed. (Garland Publishing, 1995), 201-26.

· Bowles, Edmund A. "Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Ernst Pfundt: A Pivotal Relationship between Two Composers and a Timpanist," Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, vol. 24 (1998), 5-26.

· Bowles, Edmund A. "Nineteenth-Century Innovations in the Use and Construction of the Timpani," Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, vols. 5-6 (1979-80), 74-143.

· Byrne, Maurice. "The English March and Early Drum Notation," Galpin Society Journal, vol. 50 (1997), 43-80.

· Carrington, J.A. Talking Drums of Africa (Carey Kingsgate Press, 1949; reprinted, Negro Universities Press, 1969).

· Charlton, David. "Salieri's Timpani," Musical Times, vol. 112, no. 1544 (October 1971), 961-62.

· Chenoweth, Vida. The Marimbas of Guatemala (University of Kentucky Press, 1964).

· Doubleday, Veronica. "The Frame Drum in the Middle East: Women, Musical Instruments and Power," Ethnomusicology, vol. 43, no. 1 (1999), 101-34.

· Fagg, Bernard. "The Discovery of Multiple Rock Gongs in Nigeria," MAN (1956), 17-18.

· Fagg, M.C. Rock Music (Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, 1997).

· Falkenhausen, Lothar von. Suspended Music: Chime-Bells in the Culture of Bronze Age China (University of California Press, 1993).

· Farmer, Henry George. Handel's Kettledrums (Hinrichsen, 1960).

· The Galpin Society.

· Guis, Maurice, Thierry Lefrançois, and Rémi Venture. Le Galoubet-Tambourin: Instrument Traditionnel de Provence (Édisud, 1993).

· Heger, Franz. Alte Metalltrommeln aus Südost-Asien (Hiersemann, 1902).

· Jacobson, Edw., and J.H. van Hasselt. De Gong-Fabricatie te Semarang (Rijks Ethnographisch Museum, 1907).

· Jeffreys, M.D.W. "Review Article: Africa and Indonesia," African Music, vol. 4, no. 1 (1966/1967), 66-73.

· Jones, A.M. Africa and Indonesia: The Evidence of the Xylophone and Other Musical and Cultural Factors (E.J. Brill, 1964).

· Jones, A.M. Studies in African Music (Oxford University Press, 1959).

· Jones, A.M. "Experiment with a Xylophone Key," African Music, vol. 3, no. 2 (1963), 6-10.

· Kastner, Georges. Méthode Complète et Raisonnée de Timbales (Schlesinger, 1845).

· Kunst, Jaap. "A Hypothesis about the Origin of the Gong," Ethnos, (1947), 79-85 and 147.

· Kuttner, Fritz. The Archaeology of Music in Ancient China (Paragon House, 1990).

· La Rue, Hélène. "The Problem of the Cymbala," Galpin Society Journal, vol. 35 (1982), 86-99.

· Laurenty, J.S. Les Sanza du Congo (Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, 1962).

· Laurenty, Jean-Sébastien. Les Tambours à Fente de l'Afrique Centrale (Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, 1968).

· Lehr, André. The Art of the Carillon in the Low Countries (Lannoo, 1991).

· Lehr, André. Het Middeleeuwse Klokkenspel van Bethlehem (Nederlandse Klokkenspel Vereniging, 1981).

· Linwood, Jamie Murray. The Manufacture of Tuned Percussion Instruments in Indonesia and Africa -- A Selective Study (London Guildhall University, 1995). Ph.D. thesis.

· Longyear, R.M. "Ferdinand Kauer's Percussion Enterprises," Galpin Society Journal, vol. 27 (1974), 2-8.

· Meucci, Renato. "I Timpani e gli Strumenti a Percussione nell'Ottocento Italiano," Studi Verdiani, vol. 13 (1998), 183-254.

· Meyer, Andreas. Afrikanische Trommeln: West- und Zentralafrika (Museum für Völkerkunde, 1997).

· Montagu, Jeremy. Making Early Percussion Instruments (Oxford University Press, 1976).

· Montagu, Jeremy. "What Is a Gong?" MAN, vol. 5 (1965), 18-21.

· Nzewi, Meki E. Master Musicians and the Music of Ese, Ukom, and Mgba Ensembles in Ngwa, Igbo Society (Queen's University of Belfast, 1973). Ph.D. thesis.

· Ó Suilleabháin, Micheál. "The Bodhran," Treoir, vol. 6, nos. 2 and 5 (1974), 4-7 and 6-10.

· Paradossi, Giuseppe. Modo Facile di Suonare il Sistro nomato il Timpano (1695; Collezione di Trattati e Musiche Antiche Edite in Fac-Simile, Bollettino Bibliografico Musicale, 1933).

· Peinkofer, Karl, and Fritz Tannigel. Handbuch des Schlagzeugs (Schott, 1981). An English translation of the first, and substantially less complete, edition of 1969 was published by Schott in 1976 as Handbook of Percussion Instruments.

· The Percussive Arts Society Museum.

· Price, Percival. Bells and Man (Oxford University Press, 1983).

· Sadie, Stanley, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (Oxford University Press, 1985).

· Seeger, Peter. Steel Drums: How to Play Them and Make Them (Oak, 1964).

· Simbriger, Heinrich. Gong und Gongspiele, Internationales Archiv für Ethnographie (E.J. Brill, 1939).

· Smith Brindle, Reginald. Contemporary Percussion (Oxford University Press, 1970).

· Titcomb, Caldwell. "Baroque Court and Military Trumpets and Kettledrums: Technique and Music," Galpin Society Journal, vol. 9 (1956), 56-81.

· Tobischek, Herbert. Die Pauke (Hans Schneider, 1977).

· Tracey, Hugh. Chopi Musicians (International African Institute, 1970).

· Vennum, Thomas, Jr. The Ojibwa Dance Drum: Its History and Construction (Smithsonian Folklife Studies No. 2, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982).

· Wachsmann, K.P. "A Drum from Seventeenth Century Africa," Galpin Society Journal, vol. 23 (1970), 97-103 and plate 15.

· Waesberghe, J. Smits van. Cymbala (American Institute of Musicology, 1951).

· Wieschhoff, Heinz. Die Afrikanischen Trommeln (Strecker und Schröder, 1933).

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