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Labyrinth No. 3 by Lou Harrison (August 26, 1967)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 19 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Recorded at the Cabrillo Music Festival in Aptos, CA, on August 26, 1967 this is Lou Harrison’s “Labyrinth No. 3,” for percussion ensemble. Originally scored for 11 percussionists it is possible that this particular performance was arranged for a differently sized ensemble. Regardless, this delightful work is perhaps one of the best examples of the many contemporary classical compositions for percussion orchestra that were created by young modern composers such a Colin McPhee and John Cage during the first half of the 20th century. Listening to this performance one can easily detect the influence of the gamelan music of Indonesia that McPhee helped introduced to Western audiences, and which Harrison later went on to champion. The performance here, under the direction of Gerhard Samuel, is presumably by members of the Cabrillo Festival orchestra and the recording is of quite good quality, enabling one to enjoy the wide range of instruments and intricate rhythms that were the hallmark of Harrison’s works for percussion.

Musical Selections:  Labyrinth No. 3, for percussion orchestra (1941) (18:40) / Lou Harrison
Performers:  Gerhard Samuel, conductor
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  20th century classical; New music; Percussion ensembles
People:  Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Samuel, Gerhard
Recording Date:  8/27/1967
 
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