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Date of Graduation
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
School of Music
Over the past century, the marimba has experienced rapid growth. From its construction, performance practices, and technical approach, the instrument has been elevated to a well-respected instrument. Since the development of the five-octave marimba in the early 1980s, literature for the marimba has expanded exponentially. Through this expansion, works for the beginning and advanced performer has become widely available. However, a gap in literature exists within intermediate to intermediate-advanced range. Although it is of utmost importance for the progressing performer, this stepping stone literature can be difficult to find. In response, I have written my book, Etudes for Marimba: Four New Works for the Advancing Marimbist. This book will serve to fill this observed gap in the repertoire. The four etudes found within guide the performer from intermediate techniques and performance practices through those found just prior to advanced. Each etude is accompanied by performance tips, program notes, and exercises specifically curated for the works. This document details the criteria encompassing intermediate and advanced techniques, and how the book of four etudes fills the space between.
Alderman, William, "Etudes for marimba: An assessment of intermediate and advanced techniques with four new works" (2023). Dissertations, 2020-current. 121.