Lou Harrison (American Composers) by Leta E. Miller,Fredric Lieberman

By Leta E. Miller,Fredric Lieberman

Music's inclusivity--its capability to unite cultures, disciplines, and individuals--defined the lifestyles and occupation of Lou Harrison (1917-2003). past learning with major composers of the avant-garde corresponding to Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg, engaging in Charles Ives's Pulitzer Prize-winning 3rd Symphony, and staging high-profile percussion live shows with John Cage, Harrison has accomplished reputation for his exact mixing of cultures--from the chinese language opera, Indonesian gamelan, and the song of local american citizens to modernist dissonant counterpoint. Miller and Lieberman additionally pull readers into Harrison's wealthy global of cross-fertilization via an exploration of his outspoken stance on pacifism, homosexual rights, ecology, and admire for minorities--all of which without delay impacted his musical works. even though Harrison was once occasionally accused via contemporaries of "cultural appropriation," Miller and Lieberman's brisk examine makes it transparent why he's now lauded as an creative pioneer for his integration of Asian and Western musics, in addition to for his paintings within the improvement of the percussion ensemble, his use of chanced on and invented tools, and his explorations of different tuning structures. Harrison's compositions are tested intimately via connection with an accompanying CD of consultant recordings.

 

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