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@Percussion - 280 Daniel Levitan

April 15, 2021


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Hosts: Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, Ksenija Komljenović, and Karli Viña
Intro music by Reese Maultsby -

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0:11 intro
1:31 today in music history: April 15 birthday of “The Empress of Blues,” Bessie Smith
4:48 Welcome Dan Levitan!
5:48 Dan’s piece, Marimba Quartet
12:50 Opening and form of Marimba Quartet
15:57 Approach to articulation on the marimba
18:43 Dan’s beginning as a literature and creative writing major
21:18 Speaking through music
24:25 “Ink on a page” vs. interpretation and Dan’s Baroque Suite
29:51 Dan’s affinity for percussionists as performers
31:38 What if Brahms wrote for percussion?
32:44 Does music have to say something?
36:32 Dan’s tabla studies
43:47 Cross meter, polyrhythm? Gray areas of rhythm and meter
47:30 Perceptions: composer vs. performer vs. listener 
49:55 Ithaca College eliminating Master’s in Music in performance, conducting, composition, and Suzuki string pedagogy
1:03:02 Piano tech questions
1:05:41 Dan’s piece, Marimba Singular