Lou Harrison

Lou Harrison : Composing a World

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An in-depth biography and exploration of the work of composer, Lou Harrison, based on detailed research and extensive interviews. Individual chapters are devoted to music and dance; intonation and tuning; instruments; Asian influences; gamelan; music and politics; music criticism; and compositional processes. In a separate chapter, the author explores lifestyle issues, including the historical background of the San Francisco gay community and possible "gay markers" in Harrison's music. An extensive annotated catalogue details more than 300 works and an audio CD included with the book illustrates the text in sound.show more

Product details

  • Mixed media product | 320 pages
  • 162.56 x 233.68 x 35.56mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • Illustrations, facsims., music, ports.
  • 0195110226
  • 9780195110227

About Leta E. Miller

About the Authors Musicologist and flutist Leta Miller has published articles, books, and critical editions of Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary music and has been featured on thirteen solo recordings, including three CDs of music by Lou Harrison. Composer and ethnomusiclogist Fredric Lieberman has published compositions, articles, books, films, and recordings dealing with Chinese, Indian, and other Asian musics and on American popular music. Both authors are Professors of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz.show more

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"The composer's own voice shines through, as do stories of influential encounters with seminal figures of 20th-century music such as Arnold Schoenberg, Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, Harry Partch, and Virgil Thomson....Warmly recommended for music and 20th-century culture collections."--Library Journal"There is much strong scholarship to be found [here]; the authors' appreciation of the many formal risks that underlie Harrison's eclecticism, as of the deep humanity that drives it, allows for an unusually clear portrait of an artist whose restless pursuit of beauty has driven him from medium to medium, most often beyond the public eye."--Kirkus Reviews"[Lou Harrison] is extraordinary because Miller and Lieberman...have succeeded in writing a biography that encompasses the immense breadth of this remarkable local artist's activities and accomplishments....[They] bring to our attention the uniqueness of Lou's artistry and the solid ethics that inform his endeavors, be they artistic or otherwise."--Bookshop Santa Cruz"Garrulous and loving, remarkably successful in distilling abstruse musical manipulation, this is one of those rare musical biographies that draws you close to the subject with words of kindness."--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle"Highly recommended for collections serving general readers through professionals."--Choice "The composer's own voice shines through, as do stories of influential encounters with seminal figures of 20th-century music such as Arnold Schoenberg, Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, Harry Partch, and Virgil Thomson....Warmly recommended for music and 20th-century culture collections."--Library Journal "There is much strong scholarship to be found [here]; the authors' appreciation of the many formal risks that underlie Harrison's eclecticism, as of the deep humanity that drives it, allows for an unusually clear portrait of an artist whose restless pursuit of beauty has driven him from medium to medium, most often beyond the public eye."--Kirkus Reviews "[Lou Harrison] is extraordinary because Miller and Lieberman...have succeeded in writing a biography that encompasses the immense breadth of this remarkable local artist's activities and accomplishments....[They] bring to our attention the uniqueness of Lou's artistry and the solid ethics that inform his endeavors, be they artistic or otherwise."--Bookshop Santa Cruz "Garrulous and loving, remarkably successful in distilling abstruse musical manipulation, this is one of those rare musical biographies that draws you close to the subject with words of kindness."--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle "Highly recommended for collections serving general readers through professionals."--Choice "The composer's own voice shines through, as do stories of influential encounters with seminal figures of 20th-century music such as Arnold Schoenberg, Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, Harry Partch, and Virgil Thomson....Warmly recommended for music and 20th-century culture collections."--Library Journal "There is much strong scholarship to be found [here]; the authors' appreciation of the many formal risks that underlie Harrison's eclecticism, as of the deep humanity that drives it, allows for an unusually clear portrait of an artist whose restless pursuit of beauty has driven him from medium to medium, most often beyond the public eye."--Kirkus Reviews "[Lou Harrison] is extraordinary because Miller and Lieberman...have succeeded in writing a biography that encompasses the immense breadth of this remarkable local artist's activities and accomplishments....[They] bring to our attention the uniqueness of Lou's artistry and the solid ethics that inform his endeavors, be they artistic or otherwise."--Bookshop Santa Cruz "Garrulous and loving, remarkably successful in distilling abstruse musical manipulation, this is one of those rare musical biographies that draws you close to the subject with words of kindness."--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle "Highly recommended for collections serving general readers through professionals."--Choice "The composer's own voice shines through, as do stories of influential encounters with seminal figures of 20th-century music such as Arnold Schoenberg, Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, Harry Partch, and Virgil Thomson....Warmly recommended for music and 20th-century culture collections."--Library Journal"There is much strong scholarship to be found [here]; the authors' appreciation of the many formal risks that underlie Harrison's eclecticism, as of the deep humanity that drives it, allows for an unusually clear portrait of an artist whose restless pursuit of beauty has driven him from medium tomedium, most often beyond the public eye."--Kirkus Reviews"[Lou Harrison] is extraordinary because Miller and Lieberman...have succeeded in writing a biography that encompasses the immense breadth of this remarkable local artist's activities and accomplishments....[They] bring to our attention the uniqueness of Lou's artistry and the solid ethics thatinform his endeavors, be they artistic or otherwise."--Bookshop Santa Cruz"Garrulous and loving, remarkably successful in distilling abstruse musical manipulation, this is one of those rare musical biographies that draws you close to the subject with words of kindness."--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle"Highly recommended for collections serving general readers through professionals."--Choiceshow more

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