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Lou Harrison 2014

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Biography

Lou Harrison Born in 1917 in Portland, Oregon, Lou Harrison studied with both Henry Cowell in San Francisco and Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles. During WWII he organised recitals of percussion music with John Cage, while also working as a florist, record clerk, poet, dancer and dance critic, music copyist (his handwriting is known for its beauty), playwright and builder of instruments. In 1943 he moved to New York, where Virgil Thomson, who came to champion his works, was a great influence. He wrote for View, Modern Music, Listen and the New York Herald Tribune, briefly edited the New Music Edition, and conducted frequently, including the first complete performance of Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 3 in 1946. He received a grant from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and shortly thereafter left to teach in Portland and then at Black Mountain college. He later settled in Aptos, California. He was awarded Guggenheim Fellowships in 1952 and 1954, visiting Rome in 1954, where Leontyne Price sang in the premiere of an aria from his opera Rapunzel, which won a 20th Century Masterpiece award conferred by Stravinsky. During this period he reconstructed a number of works by Ives, all of which were approved and signed by the composer. A Fromm Award followed in 1955 and a commission from the Louisville Orchestra for the Four String Songs on some of his primary concerns: love, growth, peace and concerted enjoyment on the journey to death. From 1957 to 1960 Harrison worked in an animal hospital, composing at night. In the early 1960s he traveled to the Far East thanks to a Rockefeller grant and studied first in Korea with Dr. Lee Hye-Ku and in Taiwan with Dr. Liang Tsai-Ping, who taught him the principles of Korean court music and Chinese classical music respectively. He was made senior scholar at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii in 1963. While pursuing his lifelong interest in pitch relations and his belief in just intonation, he intensified his work as an instrument builder. In 1965 he was granted a Phoebe Ketchum Thorne Award with which he spent a year in Oaxaca where he began compiling his Music Primer. He began teaching at San Jose State University in 1967 and during this time also toured with a group of friends performing and speaking about both Asian and his own music. His pacifist beliefs and concern for personal freedom are evident in later works, notably the puppet opera Younrag Caesar, about an early homosexual love affair of Julius Caesar’s. In 1970 he was music director of the Red Gate Shadow Players, a company dedicated to concerts of Chinese Music. That year he also gave a series of Chinese concerts with Kenneth Rexroth reading his own translations of Chinese texts. In 1973 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the following year developed an advanced polyethnic music theory course on systems of world music, which he taught at Stanford, and subsequently at San Jose State University, The Center for World Music in Berkeley, University of Southern California, and Mills College. He was the American representative at the 1975 League of Asian Composers Conference in Manila, the same year his music began to gain traction in Europe, with major performances in Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Germany. In 1977 he designed and constructed two major Javanese Gamelan orchestras with William Colvig. He composed one major work a year during the 1970s and 80s and toured frequently as a keynote speaker on American composers to major Universitites across the U.S. In 1980 he was given a Milhaud Chair at Mills College, held the Mary Woods Bennett Chair in Music from 1981-82, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1983 and in 2000 he received the Edward MacDowell Medal. Harrison died suddenly in 2003 at age 85 while en route to a festival of his music at Ohio State University. In general Harrison was a melodist, although rhythm was also significant in his work; counterpoint and harmony less so. He was one of the first American composers to successfully create a workable marriage between Eastern and Western forms. He is also widely recognised for his contribution to the sensitive and original use of percussion. “The richness of his legacy resides in the eclecticism and universality of its vision,” wrote Peter Garland in the program notes from Harrison’s 60th birthday concert. For further information:

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Solo Estampie for Susan Summerfield 6 minutes For Organ EP 67076 Suite for Piano 20½ minutes For Solo Piano EP 6427 Triphony 5 minutes For Solo Piano EP 67511 Waltz for Evelyn Hinrichsen For Piano (or Harp, or Guitar) In collection: Waltzes by 25 Contemporary Composers: EP 66735 (EP 66735K)

Choral A Joyous Procession and a Solemn Procession For High and Low Voices, Trombones, Tambourine, Gong, Handbells, Bass Drum EP 6543 Mass for Saint Cecilia’s Day 13 minutes For SATB (with optional drone instruments) EP 67907

Ensemble Concerto for Violin 15 minutes For Solo Violin and 5 Percussion EP 6429 Concerto in Slendro 11 minutes For Violin Solo, Celesta, 2 Tackpianos and 2 Percussion EP 6610 Double Music (in collaboration with John Cage) 6 minutes For Four Percussion EP 6296 (Score and Parts: EP 6296a; Pocket Score: EP 6296p) First Concerto for Flute 6 minutes For Flute Solo and 2 Percussion Dedicated to Henry Cowell EP 6541 Party Pieces, ‘Sonorous and Exquisite Corpses’ Fl, Cl, Bsn—Hn—Pf 20 Short Pieces composed collaboratively by John Cage, Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison and Virgil Thomson. Orchestrated by Robert Hughes for this instrumentation. EP 66500 Piano Concerto with Selected Orchestra 25 minutes For Piano Solo, 3 Trombones, Percussion (4 players), 2 Harps, Strings EP 67077


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Piano Trio 33 minutes For Violin, Violoncello and Piano EP 67906 Simfony in Free Style 5 minutes 17Fl(3-4 players)—8Viols(4Treb.3Bass.1Cbass)—Tbn—Dr EP 6426 Trio For Violin, Viola and Violoncello EP 6428

Orchestra Suite for Symphonic Strings 20 minutes For String Orchestra EP 6294 Suite for Violin, Piano and Small Orchestra 16 minutes Violin and Piano Soli, Fl, Ob, Hp, Cel, Tackpiano, Tam-Tam, 2Vc, Db EP 67075 Suite from the Marriage at the Eiffel Tower 22 minutes Ballet for Orchestra 2.2.2.2—0.2.2.0—Perc—Pf—Str EP 6657 Symphony No. 3 32 minutes For Orchestra 3.3.3.3—4.3.3.1—3Perc—Tackpiano—Pf—Cel—Hp—Str EP 66922

Other Lou Harrison’s Music Primer EP 66431


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Lou Harrison worklist 2014

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Lou Harrison worklist 2014