Ohenoja, Antti

Bachelor of Music, University of Toronto, 2006

Master of Music, Sibelius Academy, 2011



Antti Ohenoja: Percussion in Today's Solo and Chamber Music Repertoire: Aspects on the Innovative Possibilities of Percussion

Abstract of the concert series plan

In my concert series the focus is on the contemporary solo and chamber music repertoire for percussion. The themes in the concert series are music by Iannis Xenakis (1922‒2001), percussion in a chamber music context, Japanese percussion music and percussion in an electroacoustic context. The concert series also includes premiere performances and commissioned music from leading Finnish composers.

Abstract of the written thesis

Igor Stravinsky's (1882-1971) and Dmitri Shostakovich's (1906‒1975) xylophone parts in their orchestral and ballet repertoire are some of the most dynamic and innovative examples of composing for the xylophone in the 20th century. In my thesis a selection of xylophone parts by Stravinsky and Shostakovich are studied and compared in terms of their roles and technical elements, in order to find similarities and differences between the composers' xylophone parts. This process is aimed at finding new information and ideas regarding their use of xylophone in their compositions. In addition, the thesis will include a pedagogical approach with original etudes for the musical and technical challenges of the selected xylophone parts by Stravinsky and Shostakovich.

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