Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Instrumental Performance (Music)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Svetoslav R. Stoyanov
Second Committee Member
Thomas M. Sleeper
Third Committee Member
Dale W. Underwood
Fourth Committee Member
Alan Abel’s technical methods as well as the perspectives of his past and present colleagues and former students is provided in order to give students and teachers a strong reference regarding advanced orchestral percussion instrument techniques, ensemble playing considerations, and acoustical factors. The study began the documentation of these prominent percussionists’ methods, which was carried out through several interviews. The study includes transcripts of these interviews and includes a video recording of Alan Abel displaying his techniques.
Alan Abel; Orchestral Percussion; Thomas Bowden; Philadelphia Orchestra Percussion; Percussion; Orchestral percussion techniques
Bowden, Thomas W., "The Orchestral Percussion Method of Alan Abel: A General Analysis of Abel's Performance Practices Throughout his Tenure in the Philadelphia Orchestra" (2016). Open Access Dissertations. 1634.
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