Date of Award

5-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Music

First Advisor

Michael Kingan, D.M.A.

Second Advisor

Carl Rahkonen, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Matthew Baumer, Ph.D.

Abstract

This document aims to examine in detail eight-mallet techniques used in keyboard percussion performance. It includes a brief history of extended multiple mallet techniques, and studies current eight-mallet grips, their formation, and use in performance. Through direct and email interviews, this thesis contains the thoughts of the keyboard percussionists who employ these grips and includes an analysis of two works that necessitate performance with eight mallets. Finally, it investigates tonal possibilities available with eight mallets and explores using more than eight mallets in performance.

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