Review by Choice Review
Kite (herself an accomplished marimbist) offers a thorough overview of Abe's development as a marimba virtuoso, composer, teacher, and instrument innovator. She also presents a detailed, though somewhat disjunct, glimpse into Abe's personal and musical upbringing, from the influence of her parents (who were involved in the arts) to teachers who favored improvisational methods. Kite examines Eastern and Western philosophical differences in the arts, and how these differences converged to affect Abe's musical evolution. Abe's early career in radio introduced the Japanese public to the marimba, and soon her musical expression grew beyond Japanese cultural constraints and she sought international collaboration. In the 1960s and 1970s, Abe's numerous recitals altered music history: the marimba began to be accepted as an instrument capable of "serious" musical expression. Since the 1970s, Abe has worked tirelessly as an ambassador for the development of marimba repertoire and instrument innovations. The accompanying CD provides a fascinating resource for studying Abe's musical/technical progression. The appendixes include a time line chronicling the development of mallet keyboard instruments and a listing of Abe's numerous compositions, recordings, and world premiers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-/upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, general readers. D. J. Schmalenberger McNally Smith College of Music
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