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Lou Harrison

May 14, 1917 - February 2, 2003
born in Portland, OR, composed during the Contemporary period
Lou Harrison (1917-2003) was the quintessential California composer, blending Western music with Pacific rim cultures, Asian, and other indigenous influences; investigating alternative tuning systems; and building an Indonesian gamelan out of spare parts. Friend to John Cage and Harry Partch and student of Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg, Harrison permanently settled in Northern California after an attempt to make it in New York City failed in 1947. Harrison's enormous body of work is regarded as an important whole, rather than for its few repertory "hits" such as Harrison's Canticle No. 3 (1942). Harrison's work for percussion ensemble is considered central to the literature. ~ Uncle Dave Lewis , Rovi
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Track List: Lou Harrison: Serenado

Title: Avalokiteshvara, For Harp (or Grand Psaltery Or Guitar) & Percussion

1. Avalokiteshvara, For Harp (or Grand Psaltery Or Guitar) & Percussion: Avalokiteshvara

Title: Threnody For Oliver Daniel, For Harp

2. Threnody For Oliver Daniel, For Harp: Threnody

Title: Sonata In Ishartum, For Harp Or Guitar

3. Sonata In Ishartum, For Harp Or Guitar: Sonata In Ishartum

Title: Beverly's Troubadour Piece, For Harp (or Guitar) & 2 Percussionists

4. Beverly's Troubadour Piece, For Harp (or Guitar) & 2 Percussionists: Beverly's Troubador Piece

Title: Music For Bill & Me, For Harp Or Guitar

5. Music For Bill & Me, For Harp Or Guitar: Music For Bill And Me

Title: Jahla, In The Form Of A Ductia To Please Leopold Stokowski On His 90th Birthday, For Harp (or Guitar) & Percussion

6. Jahla, In The Form Of A Ductia To Please Leopold Stokowski On His 90th Birthday, For Harp (or Guitar) & Percussion: Jahla

Title: Serenade For Guitar (Serenade For Frank Wigglesworth), For Guitar (or Harp)

7. Serenade For Guitar (Serenade For Frank Wigglesworth), For Guitar (or Harp): Serenado Por Gitaro

Title: Plaint And Variations, For Guitar

8. Plaint And Variations, For Guitar: Plaint

9. Plaint And Variations, For Guitar: Variations

Title: Serenade For Guitar With Optional Percussion

10. Serenade For Guitar With Optional Percussion: Round

11. Serenade For Guitar With Optional Percussion: Air

12. Serenade For Guitar With Optional Percussion: Infinite Canon

13. Serenade For Guitar With Optional Percussion: Usul

14. Serenade For Guitar With Optional Percussion: Sonata

Title: Scenes From Nek Chand, For Steel Guitar

15. Scenes From Nek Chand, For Steel Guitar: The Leaning Lady

16. Scenes From Nek Chand, For Steel Guitar: The Rock Garden

17. Scenes From Nek Chand, For Steel Guitar: The Sinuous Arcade With Swings In The Arches

Title: Tandy's Tango, For Piano

18. Tandy's Tango, For Piano: Tandy's Tango

Title: Waltz For Evelyn Hinrichsen, For Piano Or Harp Or Guitar

19. Waltz For Evelyn Hinrichsen, For Piano Or Harp Or Guitar: A Waltz For Evelyn Hinrichsen

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Track List: Lou Harrison: Complete Harpsichord Works; Music For Tack Piano & Fortepiano In Historic And Experimental Tunings

Title: Harpsichord Sonata

1. Harpsichord Sonata: Allegro Moderato

2. Harpsichord Sonata: Adagio, Arioso

3. Harpsichord Sonata: Estampie

Title: Little Suite For Piano

4. Little Suite For Piano: Pastorale

5. Little Suite For Piano: Quadrille

6. Little Suite For Piano: Chorale

Title: Homage To Milhaud, For Piano

7. Homage To Milhaud, For Piano: Hommage To Milhaud

Title: Jahla, In The Form Of A Ductia To Please Leopold Stokowski On His 90th Birthday, For Harp (or Guitar) & Percussion

8. Jahla, In The Form Of A Ductia To Please Leopold Stokowski On His 90th Birthday, For Harp (or Guitar) & Percussion: Jahla

Title: Gigue & Musette, For Piano

9. Gigue & Musette, For Piano: Gigue & Musette

Title: Sonatas (6) For Cembalo, For Harpsichord

10. Sonatas (6) For Cembalo, For Harpsichord: I. Moderato

11. Sonatas (6) For Cembalo, For Harpsichord: II. Allegro

12. Sonatas (6) For Cembalo, For Harpsichord: III. Moderato

13. Sonatas (6) For Cembalo, For Harpsichord: IV. Allegro

14. Sonatas (6) For Cembalo, For Harpsichord: V. Moderato

15. Sonatas (6) For Cembalo, For Harpsichord: VI. Allegro

Title: Incidental Music For Corneille's "Cinna" (Suite For Tack Piano), For Just-intonation Tack Piano

16. Incidental Music For Corneille's "Cinna" (Suite For Tack Piano), For Just-intonation Tack Piano: I. Medium Fast

17. Incidental Music For Corneille's "Cinna" (Suite For Tack Piano), For Just-intonation Tack Piano: II. Slow

18. Incidental Music For Corneille's "Cinna" (Suite For Tack Piano), For Just-intonation Tack Piano: III. Fast

19. Incidental Music For Corneille's "Cinna" (Suite For Tack Piano), For Just-intonation Tack Piano: IV. Medium Fast

20. Incidental Music For Corneille's "Cinna" (Suite For Tack Piano), For Just-intonation Tack Piano: V. Grand

Title: A Summerfield Set, For Piano (or Harpsichord)

21. A Summerfield Set, For Piano (or Harpsichord): I. Sonata (Allegro, Vigoroso), Air (Slow, Amoroso), Sonata Da Capo

22. A Summerfield Set, For Piano (or Harpsichord): II. Ground (Moderato)

23. A Summerfield Set, For Piano (or Harpsichord): III. Round For The Triumph Of Alexander (Fastish, Vigorous)

Title: Triphony, For Piano

24. Triphony, For Piano: Triphony

Title: A 12-tone Morning After To Amuse Henry, For Piano

25. A 12-tone Morning After To Amuse Henry, For Piano: A 12-tone Morning After To Amuse Henry

Title: Largo Ostinato, For Piano

26. Largo Ostinato, For Piano: Largo Ostinato

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Track List: Harrison: La Koro Sutro

Title: La Koro Sutro, For Chorus, Percussion, Harp, Organ & American Gamelan (also Arr. For Chorus & Orchestra)
Title: Varied Trio, For Violin, Piano & Percussion
Title: Suite For Violin And American Gamelan (collab. With Richard Dee)
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Track List: Lou Harrison: Scenes From Cavafy

Title: Scenes From Cavafy, For Baritone, Male Chorus, Harp & Javanese Gamelan

1. Scenes From Cavafy, For Baritone, Male Chorus, Harp & Javanese Gamelan: I. Gending Cavafy

2. Scenes From Cavafy, For Baritone, Male Chorus, Harp & Javanese Gamelan: II. Gending Bill/lancaran Jody

3. Scenes From Cavafy, For Baritone, Male Chorus, Harp & Javanese Gamelan: III. Gending Ptolemy

Title: Concerto For Piano With Javanese Gamelan

4. Concerto For Piano With Javanese Gamelan: I. Bull's Belle

5. Concerto For Piano With Javanese Gamelan: II. Untitled

6. Concerto For Piano With Javanese Gamelan: III. Belle's Bull

Title: A Soedjatmoko Set, For Female Voice, Mixed Voices & Javanese Gamelan

7. A Soedjatmoko Set, For Female Voice, Mixed Voices & Javanese Gamelan: 1

8. A Soedjatmoko Set, For Female Voice, Mixed Voices & Javanese Gamelan: Isna's Song

9. A Soedjatmoko Set, For Female Voice, Mixed Voices & Javanese Gamelan: 3

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Track List: Music Of Lou Harrison

Title: Concerto In Slendro, For Violin, Celesta, 2 Tack Pianos & 2 Percussionists

1. Concerto In Slendro, For Violin, Celesta, 2 Tack Pianos & 2 Percussionists: I. Allegro

2. Concerto In Slendro, For Violin, Celesta, 2 Tack Pianos & 2 Percussionists: II. Molto Adagio

3. Concerto In Slendro, For Violin, Celesta, 2 Tack Pianos & 2 Percussionists: III. Allegro; Molto Vigoroso

Title: Main Bersama Sama, For Sudanese Gamelan

4. Main Bersama Sama, For Sudanese Gamelan: Main Bersama-sama

Title: Threnody For Carlos Chavez, For Viola & Sudanese Gamelan

5. Threnody For Carlos Chavez, For Viola & Sudanese Gamelan: Threnody For Carlos Chavez

Title: Serenade For Betty Freeman And Franco Assetto, For Suling & Sudanese Gamelan

6. Serenade For Betty Freeman And Franco Assetto, For Suling & Sudanese Gamelan: Serenade

Title: String Quartet Set

7. String Quartet Set: Variations

8. String Quartet Set: Plaint

9. String Quartet Set: Estampe

10. String Quartet Set: Rondeaux

11. String Quartet Set: Usul

Title: Suite For Percussion, For 5 Percussionists

12. Suite For Percussion, For 5 Percussionists: Moderato

13. Suite For Percussion, For 5 Percussionists: Slow

14. Suite For Percussion, For 5 Percussionists: Recitative

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benjamincask e y 0 2
Lou harrison I used to hate. But about 2 years ago I realized he created amazing music
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truly one of the greatest composers of all time. i will miss his continued contribution s to the world of music.
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genius of cabrillo college-its all about the melody...
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i used to be wild abot his gamelean stuff-now its his amazing harpischord composistion s with burman that are driving me mad !
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genius-his melodies are heartbreakin g - i was shaken when he died.
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All true. What is not true is that Lou Harrison was the brother of Burl Ives and that he did not play the part of Kris Kringle in "Miracle on 34th Street".
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basant_t
Great composer!!
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A great American treasure, virtually unknown outside academic circles. Lou brought a child-like sense of experimentat i o n to his acute sense of musicality. This piece is beautiful - truly "contemporar y " without being "electronic" .
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nice.
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amazing
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Thank you.

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